Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi got into a heated exchange on Wednesday with a conservative reporter who asked if she “hated” the president.
Pelosi was leaving a press conference about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump when James Rosen, from pro-Trump Sinclair Broadcast Group, asked, “Do you hate the president, Madame Speaker?”
The question stopped Pelosi short.
“I don’t hate anybody,” she said sternly, pointing her finger at Rosen. “I was raised in a Catholic house, we don’t hate anybody, not anybody in the world.”
“Don’t accuse me of–,” Pelosi said before Rosen interrupted, “I did not accuse you, I asked a question.”
“You did, you did,” Pelosi fired back.
“Rep. Collins suggested yesterday that the Democrats are doing this simply because they don’t like the guy; I think it’s an important point,” Rosen said.
She returned to the podium to make herself clear, a rare moment for Pelosi as she had already wrapped up speaking.
“It has nothing to do with that. I think the president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids, who are afraid of gun violence,” Pelosi said. “I think he is cruel when he doesn’t deal with helping our DREAMers, of whom we are very proud. I think he is in denial about the Constitution — about the climate crisis.”
“However, that’s about the election,” she said. “Take it up in the election. This [impeachment] 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. 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 all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that,” Pelosi said, before leaving the podium.
You can watch the full exchange below: