Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) made several gaffes during an interview on CNN with Alisyn Camerota about the effects of Hurricane Harvey and what help Texans needed from the federal government.
Camerota was pressuring the representative on why she skipped the vote to fund relief efforts for the destruction following upon Hurricane Sandy on the east coast in 2012 and 2013.
"But just so that everybody's clear," Camerota said, "we're talking about superstorm Sandy, that's what we're talking about in 2012 and 2013, and just so that we're clear, since you're saying that you voted along with Democrats to give the maximum amount, why did you skip that vote, the House, the HR152 [legislation]?"
"Well, let me be very clear," Lee answered.
"I voted on many votes for Sandy Hook funding," she said. "I voted on the main legislation for Sandy Hook funding. And so I think it's important to focus on what was offensively done."
Sandy Hook was the name of the elementary school in Connecticut where 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed children in one of the worst gun attacks in recent U.S. history. Lee was clearly confusing "Sandy Hook" with "Hurricane Sandy."
"And we thank you for being with us, just one last note," Camerota said, "Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey says that he is urging all of the New Jersey House members to help Texas despite whatever happened in 2012 and 2013. He understands having lived through it that Texas really needs help."
CONFUSION: Pressed on Sandy relief vote absence, Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee mixes up Sandy Hook and Hurricane Sandy multiple times pic.twitter.com/ruaJnjHXz3— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) August 29, 2017
While Camerota tried to move on from Lee, she interrupted and said, "We thank Governor Crispy," in a accidental slip of the tongue while trying to say "Governor Christie."
The death toll from Hurricane Harvey has now topped 20 and law enforcement officials expect many more to be discovered when the flooding recedes.
Representative Jackson Lee was mocked by conservative news outlets in 2016 when she claimed that the Constitution was 400 years old - she was only off by 173 years.