“[U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb] said he would NOT vote for [Nancy Pelosi] for Speaker, and did.”
President Donald Trump, in a May 25 tweet

President Donald Trump tweeted a Memorial Day attack on a Democratic congressman from Western Pennsylvania, labeling him an “American fraud” while calling his political opponent an “American hero.”

Trump also accused Rep. Conor Lamb — a Marine Corps veteran and former prosecutor who represents Allegheny, Butler, and Beaver Counties — of being a puppet for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and breaking his promise to vote against her for speaker of the House.

“He said he would NOT vote for her for Speaker, and did,” Trump wrote in a tweet endorsing Sean Parnell, an Army veteran who served in combat in Afghanistan and is Lamb’s Republican rival in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District.

A quick search of Lamb’s voting record shows that Trump’s claim is not true.

Lamb vowed to support new leadership, and he followed through. He was one of 15 Democrats in Congress who did not vote for Pelosi in the January 2019 speaker election. Lamb voted for Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts instead.

He was first elected to Congress in a March 2018 special election that heralded the midterm Democratic wave to come. Lamb won his first full term in November 2018, defeating three-term Republican incumbent Keith Rothfus by 12 percentage points.

Lamb was a federal prosecutor who served as a judge advocate in the Marine Corps for four years before being honorably discharged as a captain in 2013. He later served in the Marine reserves, ending his service this year.

Lamb responded to Trump’s attack by tweeting a screenshot of the message showing that Parnell had retweeted the president and saying this:

“These people have been lying about my record since the day I became a candidate,” he wrote.

“It hasn’t stopped, and it won’t stop, until we beat them at the ballot box in November.”

Trump’s original tweet also misspelled Lamb’s name. He later deleted it and replaced it with a tweet that spells Lamb’s name correctly but makes the same false claim.

It wasn’t the first time Trump made a false claim about Lamb.

In March 2018, Trump falsely told attendees at a private fund-raiser for Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley that Lamb “ran on a campaign that said very nice things about me.”

Lamb did run as a moderate Democrat in a conservative district and avoided openly criticizing the president. He even showed himself to be in agreement with Trump on certain policy points. But we found no evidence that Lamb praised the president on the campaign trail.

Our ruling

Trump accused Lamb of voting to make Pelosi speaker of the House, but his voting record from the January 2019 speaker election clearly shows he voted for another candidate. We rate this statement Pants on Fire.

Our sources

Ballotpedia, “U.S. House leadership elections, 2019,” accessed May 26, 2020

PolitiFact is a nonpartisan, fact-checking website operated by the nonprofit Poynter Institute for Media Studies.