“Conor Lamb upholds promise not to vote Nancy Pelosi as speaker,” read
the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review headline at the time. “As promised, Rep. Conor Lamb doesn’t vote for Nancy Pelosi for House speaker,” read the headline
on the website of Pittsburgh’s WTAE Channel 4.
Lamb told WTAE
at the time: “I promised during the campaign that I was going to support new leadership, and that’s what most people that I talked to supported also, so what I did today was fulfill that promise, and I really do think we need new leadership on both sides of the aisle.”
Trump delivered the false accusation against Lamb on Monday while endorsing Lamb’s Republican opponent in Pennsylvania’s 17th District, Sean Parnell, an Army veteran who served in combat in Afghanistan. (Trump deleted the tweet on Tuesday morning — and posted a new tweet
in which he corrected the spelling of Lamb’s name but repeated the false accusation and the endorsement.)
In response, Lamb tweeted
a photo of the Tribune-Review article about how he had kept his promise not to vote for Pelosi. Tweeting an image that showed Parnell had reposted Trump’s tweet, Lamb wrote
, “These people have been lying about my record since the day I became a candidate. It hasn’t stopped, and it won’t stop, until we beat them at the ballot box in November.”
Lamb declined to comment further.
Lamb, a former federal prosecutor, served as a Judge Advocate officer in the Marine Corps from 2009 to 2013, getting honorably discharged as a captain. He subsequently served in the Marine reserve, completing his service this year.
Monday was not the first time Trump has made an egregious false claim about Lamb. In 2018, Trump falsely claimed
Lamb had said he loves Trump’s tax cuts — which Lamb had campaigned against. In 2019, Trump falsely claimed
Lamb called Trump “excellent” and said Trump was “doing a good job.”