- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 21, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was called out on social media Thursday after fabricating the ending of “Frankenstein” as a means of attacking Republicans.

The California Democrat who told lawmakers on Wednesday that GOP-led tax reform will hurt real-life versions of “Tiny Tim” from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has doubled-down on classic-literature fear mongering. Mrs. Pelosi cited Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel during a press conference, but used a non-existent conclusion while likening it to the Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax bill.

“It’s a monster — a Frankenstein — and anybody who’s familiar with Frankenstein knows it was a creation, a monster that was created,” the lawmaker said. “Do you know the ending of Mary Shelley’s story? The monster comes back to destroy.”

Sonny Bunch, executive editor of the Washington Free Beacon, immediately shared text of the actual ending — the character jumps off a ship to be “borne away by the waves, and lost in the darkness” to die.

Others pointed out that Victor Frankenstein was not a monster, but the doctor responsible for creating the “wretch.”

“His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath,” the character says at one point. “His hair was lustrous black and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness. […] I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.”


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