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Actor James Woods: Nancy Pelosi 'may actually be mentally ill'

Nancy Pelosi called "mentally ill" by actor James Woods.
Nancy Pelosi called "mentally ill" by actor James Woods.
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In a tweet issued Saturday, actor James Woods said he believes House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., "may actually be mentally ill" in response to her action on the floor of the House. On Friday, Pelosi broke House protocol and physically confronted GOP Rep. Tom Marino after his speech on an immigration bill.

"Pelosi may actually be mentally ill," Woods said. "Her behavior is becoming unhinged. This is no laughing matter."

Woods included a link to a Fox News report on the confrontation. Marino said in his speech that Democrats had an opportunity to get immigration reform done when they had a majority of both chambers of Congress. During that time, however, Democrats failed and, he said, are now using the issue for political gain.

"Under the leadership of the former speaker … when in 2009 and 2010, they had the House, the Senate and the White House, and they knew this problem existed,” he said. “They didn’t have the strength to go after it back then. But now are trying to make a political issue out of it now.”

Cameras then showed Pelosi crossing the House floor to confront Marino, shaking her finger. It's not clear what Pelosi said, but Marino responded.

"It's true, madam leader, I did the research on it," he told Pelosi. "You might want to try it. You might want to try it, madam leader. Do the research on it. Do the research. I did it. That's one thing that you don't do."

Three GOP representatives from Texas sitting behind Marino -- Ted Poe, Joe Barton and Kay Granger -- were clearly shocked by Pelosi's actions. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill, acting as the presiding officer, told Marino to direct his comments to the chair and not at a fellow House member.

"Well, it works both ways," Marino said in response. After he was done speaking, Fox said, Pelosi continued to pursue Marino through the chamber. House chamber security were also seen walking through the chamber.

Pelosi spokeswoman Evangeline George claimed the California Democrat accepted Marino's apology. A spokesman for Marino, however, said he never apologized and does not intend to.

It's not the first time Pelosi's mental state has been questioned. In June 2012, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called the California Democrat a "dingbat," and a perfect spokesperson for the radical left. A few days before that, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., called her "mind-numbingly stupid" and recommended professional help.

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