‘No child should be pushed aside for a photo op:’ Newly elected Republican congresswoman pans Nancy Pelosi claiming she ‘elbowed’ her daughter during her swearing in ceremony line-up
- Mayra Flores, the first Mexican-born congress member, was getting sworn in at the Capitol by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
- Footage appears to show Pelosi pushing aside Flores’s young daughter
- The congresswoman said ‘no child should be pushed to the side for a photo op’
The congresswoman’s two daughters were standing beside Pelosi who appeared to ‘elbow’ one of them during the ceremony.
A newly elected Republican congresswoman has accused Nancy Pelosi of ‘pushing’ her young daughter to the side during a photo op
Flores, 36, who is married to a Border Patrol agent, said on Twitter: ‘No child should be pushed to the side for a photo op. PERIOD!!
‘I am so proud of my strong, beautiful daughter for not allowing this to faze her.
‘She continued to smile and pose for the picture like a Queen.’
Video on social media shows Pelosi gesturing and beckoning over the family pastor.
She then looks down at the young girl and appears to move her elbow towards her as the daughter moves away.
Rep. Mayra Flores from Texas was getting sworn-in by the House Speaker last week when she posed for a photograph at the White House
The congresswoman’s two daughters were standing beside Pelosi who appeared to ‘elbow’ one of them during the ceremony
Flores did not appear to notice it at the time but she since commented after the footage was widely shared.
Actor turned Republican commentator James Woods said: ‘I love this princess stood her ground, while Nancy showed her true colors.’
Flores became the first Mexican-born congress member after winning a special election this month to replace Texas Democrat, Rep. Filemon Vela, who retired before the end of his term.
During the ceremony, Pelosi said: ‘It’s a great honor to welcome Congresswoman Flores to the Capitol and to the Congress of the United States with great congratulations.
Flores became the first Mexican-born congress member after winning a special election this month
‘And again, grateful for her leadership and her beautiful family who is here today.
‘Thank you Congresswoman Flores for your courage to run for office and best wishes for your success. It’s an honor to work with you.’
Flores faces another election in November against Democrat nominee Vicente Gonzalez.
MailOnline has contacted Pelosi for comment on the video.