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The story of Commandant of the Marine Corps rebuking Pelosi was fabricated, according to USA Today

Lt. Gen. David Berger, I Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, speaks to service members and contractors during a panel session at the 2015 Western Conference and Exposition at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Feb. 10. The expo is the premier sea services event focused on operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo by Cpl. OWEN KIMBREL

Chelsey Cox, USA Today

Jan. 28—The claim: Top Marine Corps official told Pelosi, ‘We don’t work for you!’

A claim that the top official of the U.S. Marine Corps rebuked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over security for the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was floated in a Jan. 13 article by far-right news blog Real Raw News.

An anonymous source from the Pentagon allegedly told the outlet that Pelosi contacted Gen. David H. Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps since 2019, on Jan. 11 to request 5,000 troops. The House speaker wanted to prevent a repeat of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

“Pelosi said she wanted ‘battle ready’ reinforcements because ‘radicalized Trump supporters and kooky Qanon conspiracy people’ were about to converge on D.C.,” according to a statement from the article, with the headline “Marine Corps. Rebukes Pelosi: ‘WE DON’T WORK FOR YOU!'”

Berger was said to have “admonished” Pelosi.

“I answer only to the president, and as I understand it, Donald J. Trump is still president and commander-in-chief. I abide in the Constitution as it was written, not your interpretation of it,” Berger said, according to Real Raw News.

The outlet is an “award-winning independent publisher” that focuses on politics, war, conspiracy and associated genres, according to its website. Real Raw News exhibits a far-right bias in its reporting and publishes fake news and propaganda, per media accountability website, Media Bias/Fact Check.

Michael Baxter of Real Raw News offered no additional information in response to a request for comment from USA TODAY.

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