KEY POINTS

  • Pelosi referred to Trump as "what's-his-name" during the Sunday interview
  • Pelosi has previously forgotten Trump's name in a 2018 interview about Devin Nunes
  • It is unclear whether Pelosi plans to run for re-election in 2022

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Sunday forgot the name of former president Donald Trump during an interview. 

Pelosi, 81, appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday where she was asked about President Joe Biden’s willingness to eliminate the filibuster to push the John Lewis Voting Rights Act through Congress. 

“The most important vote right now in the Congress of the United States is the vote to respect the sanctity of the vote, the fundamental basis of our democracy,” Pelosi told host Jake Tapper. 

However, when Pelosi began to discuss the past administration, the California Democrat appeared to forget Trump’s name, referring to his as “what’s-his-name.”

"Now mind you, just to remind, when what’s-his-name was president and the Republicans were in power —" Pelosi began. "Mitch McConnell pulled back the filibuster to enable with simple majorities three justices to go to the Supreme Court for life. You would think that they could pull it back for the American people to have the vote.”

“Donald Trump,” Tapper reminded her. 

Pelosi had previously confused Trump’s name with former President George W. Bush during a 2018 interview on Fox News. 

"This is a cover-up by the Republicans to protect President Bush, excuse me, President Trump in this investigation," Pelosi had said in the interview.

At the time, Pelosi was demanding the removal of Devin Nunes’ removal as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee after he allegedly sent the White House an altered version of a classified memo, according to CNBC.

Pelosi had also come under fire for forgetting the name of George Floyd in 2020 during a discussion with Democrats in passing a police reform legislation. At the time, the California Democrat called Floyd by the name “George Kirby,” according to Fox News.

It is unclear whether Pelosi would still run for Speaker of the House in 2022. During her Sunday interview on CNN, she laughed off a question on whether she would seek re-election, adding that she plans to consult with her family first before making an official decision. 

Pelosi had previously won the Speakership four times. During her latest win in January, she said it would be her last. 

Former president Donald Trump Trump has spent years battling tech giants that he argues have wrongfully censored him Former president Donald Trump Trump has spent years battling tech giants that he argues have wrongfully censored him Photo: AFP / Olivier DOULIERY