Fact Check: Protesters Did NOT Chant 'Lock Her Up' At Speaker Nancy Pelosi At 2017 Press Conference

Fact Check

  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Protesters Did NOT Chant 'Lock Her Up' At Speaker Nancy Pelosi At 2017 Press Conference False Audio

Did protesters shout "Lock her up!" when confronting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the Congress floor? No, that's not true: This interaction took place between pro-immigration protesters and Pelosi at a press conference in San Francisco on September 18, 2017. The audio heard in this Facebook video is from somewhere else. The original audio from this day had protesters chanting phrases like, "You're a liar!" "Shut down ICE!" and "We demand to be heard ... we are not your bargaining chip!"

The claim appeared in a Facebook post on June 2, 2022. The video opened with chants of:

'Lock her up! Lock her up!'

The video was captioned, "𝐁𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 - 𝐀𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐲 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐓𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐑𝐒 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐬 Nancy Pelosi, 𝐇𝐮𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 her on Congress Floor." This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Screen Shot 2022-06-03 at 10.45.23 AM.png

Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Jun 3 14:44:31 2022 UTC)

The protest took place at a September 18, 2017, press conference in San Francisco, Pelosi's home district. Pro-immigrant activists interrupted the news conference to "object to the framework of an agreement that would preserve the Dream Act while increasing border security," according to NBC News. A Bay Area NBC News article notes that protesters were heard yelling multiple chants, such as, "We are immigrant youth, undocumented and unafraid!" "You're a liar!" and "Shut down ICE!" ICE stands for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Here is footage taken by NBC's Bay Area news team of activists chanting many things, but "Lock her up!" is not one of the chants heard.

Here is more footage posted by Sam Brock, a correspondent for NBC News, of activists shouting, "We demand to be heard ... we are not your bargaining chip."

We have emailed Pelosi's team and will update this story with any relevant information if we receive a response.

Want to inform others about the accuracy of this story?

See who is sharing it (it might even be your friends...) and leave the link in the comments.:

Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

Read more about or contact

About Us

International Fact-Checking Organization Meta Third-Party Fact Checker

Lead Stories is a fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, misleading, deceptive or inaccurate stories, videos or images going viral on the internet.
Spotted something? Let us know!.

Lead Stories is a:


Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Lead Stories LLC:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Most Read

Most Recent

Share your opinion