Pelosi Fumes: I Don't Hate the President

December 5, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) exploded at the end of her press conference Thursday when asked if she hated President Donald Trump.

Reporter James Rosen asked Pelosi if she hated Trump as she was walking away from the podium. Pelosi stopped and pointed at him, clearly upset.

"I don't hate anybody," Pelosi said. "I was raised in a Catholic house. We don't hate anybody in the world."

"I did not accuse you. I asked a question," Rosen said. "Representative [Doug] Collins yesterday suggested that the Democrats are doing this [impeachment] simply because they don't like the guy. I think it is an important point."

Pelosi, still visibly frustrated by the question, walked back to the podium and addressed the room.

"I think the president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence. I think that he is cruel when he doesn't deal with helping our Dreamers," Pelosi said. "I think he is in denial about the climate crisis. However, that's about the election. This is about the—take it up in the election. This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president's violation of his oath of office."

Pelosi said she resented Rosen's use of the word "hate" and told him "don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."

Trump tweeted after the exchange that Pelosi had a "nervous fit" and he didn't believe she prays for him. He also encouraged her to help the homeless people in her San Francisco district and added a call to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.