GOP Sen. John Kennedy (La.) slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) while speaking at a campaign rally for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone in Louisiana on Wednesday.
“In three short years, President Trump has doubled the growth in the greatest economy in all of human history. And do you know what our Democratic friends have done for him?” Kennedy asked. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to impeach him.”
“I don’t mean any disrespect, but it must suck to be that dumb,” Kennedy added.
When asked for comment about Kennedy’s remarks, Pelosi’s office referred several news outlets to statements by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
Senator Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) said he was “disappointed” in Kennedy’s remark in comments to CNN on Thursday.
“He plays to the crowd. I guess when you stand next to Donald Trump and you have that kind of crowd reaction, you play to it. I’m disappointed. For him to say that about Nancy Pelosi is so off the mark,” Brown said.
“I’m disappointed because I like John, and for him to say that about Nancy Pelosi is so off the mark.”
This is not the first time Kennedy has used this particular phrase with reference to a Democrat.
In April of this year, Kennedy criticized Representative Richard Neal (D., Mass.) for requesting President Trump’s tax returns from the IRS.
“It must really suck to be that dumb,” Kennedy said at the time, referring to Neal. “Look, this is very simple. Mr. Neal wants to screw with the president.”