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NowThis News was not the only critic of Republican congressman Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who officially filed an ethics complaint against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) after she ripped up a copy of President Donald Trump’s speech during the State of the Union address. But NowThis News not only came to Pelosi’s defense, but it also quoted a Fox News host in the process.

The website headlined the article, “Rep. Matt Gaetz Wants Nancy Pelosi Punished for Ripping Trump’s Speech,” and criticized Gaetz for filing a complaint that would not see the light of day. NowThis News quoted Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, who called Gaetz’s complaint “a frivolous stunt from a Congressman desperate to get back in the President’s good graces after he voted with Democrats and against the President on Iran.”

Hammill was referring to Gaetz’s vote in mid-January to support curbing Trump’s war powers if war erupted between the United States and Iran.

NowThis News then offered another line of defense for Pelosi against Gaetz’s ethics complaint: Fox News host Laura Ingraham. Ingraham “also gave a doubtful response to the complaint after Gaetz reiterated it on her show.” NowThis News added that Ingraham admitted Gaetz’s complaint would not lead to action and said, “Well, it’s not really a formal record because it’s a copy of the speech that the president signed. … This is cute, but it’s not going to work.”

NowThis News’s defense of Pelosi relied on Fox News host Laura Ingraham. The website usually cites left-leaning sources to solidify its criticisms of Trump and Republicans in general. But NowThis News’s Ingraham quote was a different tactic altogether and demonstrated that the website could reinforce its liberal biases by utilizing all available resources and quotes to do so, regardless of whether the quote comes from Fox News or MSNBC.

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