‘I was raised in a Catholic house. We don’t hate anyone…’
(Liberty Headlines) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is bristling over a question about whether she “hates” President Donald Trump.
Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference Thursday that as a Catholic, she resents the suggestion that she hates anyone.
She fired back at the questioner, reported by CNBC to be Sinclair Broadcast Group reporter James Rosen: “Don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”
The reporter, formerly with Fox News, asked: “Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker?”
“I don’t hate anybody,” Pelosi responded.
“I was raised in a Catholic house. We don’t hate anyone, not anybody in the world,” Pelosi said. “So don’t you accuse me –”
“I did not accuse you. I asked you a question,” Rosen responded.
She went on to call Trump, the subject of only the fourth presidential impeachment inquiry in history, a “coward” on gun policy, “cruel” on immigration and “in denial” about climate issues.
Earlier, Pelosi announced that the House will draft articles of impeachment against Trump over his alleged pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrats and political rival Joe Biden as Trump withheld aid to Ukraine.
On impeachment, she told reporters: “This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president’s violation of the oath of office. And as a Catholic I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me.”
She said she prays for Trump, with whom she’s faced off all year on issues like the partial government shutdown.
The question about hating Trump came as she was leaving her weekly press conference.
She stopped and addressed the reporter before returning to the microphone.
“Don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that,” she said, and walked out.
Adapted from reporting by Associated Press.