Nancy Pelosi lashes out at reporter who asked her if she 'hated' Trump: 'Don't mess with me'
Hours after telling the House Democrats to draft articles of impeachment to try to impeach Trump, Pelosi was irked during a media interaction. She said she is a Catholic and doesn't hate anybody.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made her thoughts loud and clear on Thursday, December 5, in the context of President Donald Trump. Two hours after she publicly told the House Democrats to draft articles of impeachment to try to oust the president from office, she had an angry take on a reporter’s question.
James Rosen, a longtime reporter with Fox News who is now working with Sinclair Broadcasting, Maryland, asked the veteran Democrat whether she hated the president and that irked her.
'Don't mess with me'
“I pray for the president all the time,” Pelosi hit back, adding: “So don't mess with me when it comes to words like that.” Elaborating further, she said she is a Catholic and the word “hate” is not something she prefers. She said she doesn’t hate anybody and has been raised in a way that she has a heart full of love. The California Democrat reiterated that her impeachment crusade against Trump has nothing to do with hatred.
In a striking moment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted angrily to a reporter who asked if she "hated" Pres. Trump: “I don’t hate anybody...Don't mess with me when it comes to words like that.” https://t.co/A7zcpUCE1S pic.twitter.com/IRPw4JAQZk— ABC News (@ABC) December 6, 2019
The 79-year-old speaker is having a busy time in the impeachment procedure that is based on allegations that Trump misused his power by trying to influence a foreign government to undermine a domestic political opponent. She confirmed the launch of the formal impeachment procedure on September 24. The image of Pelosi’s rivalry with Trump became all the more cemented after a picture of her taking the president head on at a meeting in the White House in October became viral. There, the two leaders were present along with several other administrative and military officials to discuss the situation in northern Syria where Turkey launched an offensive after Trump hastily decided to withdraw troops. Both then used the picture in different ways to show their own worth more than the other.
Trump calls Pelosi "nervous" again
On Thursday, Trump took the opportunity to mock Pelosi again after she lashed out at the reporter. Almost repeating his words “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown” that he used in October, the president wrote in his tweet this time: “Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit. ... She says she “prays for the President.” I don’t believe her, not even close.”
He further added to the mockery saying Pelosi “hates” the fact that the administration will soon have 182 “great new judges and sooo much more”. He then sniped about the eternal homelessness problem of the House speaker’s hometown San Francisco.
During her speech on Trump, Pelosi also called him a “coward” when it comes to helping children who are afraid of gun violence and “cruel” when it comes to not helping the country’s dreamers. She also said the president is in denial about the “climate crisis”.
It’s not the first time she’s confronted the challenging interplay between politics and her faith. In 2009, as House speaker, Pelosi, who supports abortion rights, met with Pope Benedict XVI, for a conversation that the Vatican later said touched on “protecting human life at all stages of its development.”