A visibly angry Nancy Pelosi on Thursday lashed out at a reporter who asked her if she hated President Trump — asserting she didn’t hate anyone and pointedly warning the journalist: “Don’t mess with me.”
“Do you hate the president, Ms. Speaker?” the reporter, James Rosen from the conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group, asked during Pelosi’s weekly press briefing at the Capitol.
“I don’t hate anybody. We don’t hate anybody. Not anybody in the world. Don’t accuse me,” she said, leaving the podium to approach Rosen and pointing at him as she spoke.
He then interrupted her, saying he was asking about a charge from a GOP lawmaker during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing Wednesday that Democrats wanted Trump gone only because they didn’t like him.
“I did not accuse you. I asked you a question. Representative [Doug] Collins yesterday suggested that the Democrats are doing this simply because you don’t like the guy. I think it is an important point,” he said, referring to the Georgia lawmaker, a fervent Trump backer.
Pelosi then walked back to the podium and continued to lecture Rosen.
“This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president’s violation of his oath of office. And as a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me,” she said, adding that she prays for Trump.
“I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. so don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that!” the California Democrat snapped.
Pelosi earlier Thursday announced that the House would pursue articles of impeachment against Trump for allegedly abusing the powers of his office.
The president denies wrongdoing and put out a tweet Thursday in response to Pelosi’s comments ripping her and calling for a fast impeachment process.
Pelosi got into an earlier dust-up with Rosen at another briefing last month when he asked a question about the whistleblower on Trump’s call to the president of Ukraine, referring to him caustically as “Mr. Republican talking points.”
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