A question by Sinclair Broadcasting correspondent James Rosen caused Pelosi to return to the podium after she had closed the weekly press conference at the capitol. Rosen called to Pelosi as she was leaving: "Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker?"
Rosen was referencing an allegation made by Representative Doug Collins who claimed earlier on Wednesday that Democrats are leading the impeachment against Trump simply because “they don’t like the guy”.
"I don't hate anybody. Not anybody in the world," said the Speaker, stopping and turning directly to face Rosen.
Q: "Do you hate the president?"@SpeakerPelosi: "I don't hate anybody…As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone…So, don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."— CSPAN (@cspan) December 5, 2019
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"I think the president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence. I think he is cruel when he doesn't deal with helping our Dreamers, of which we are very proud. I think he's in denial about the climate crisis," The Speaker noted as the room listed intently.
Pelosi pointed out that the three matters she had mentioned can be solved in an election, but went on to point out that the impeachment process against US President Donald Trump is about government declaring that there has been a violation of the oath of his office, as detailed in the constitution of the United States.
"As a Catholic, I resent you're using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone,” Pelosi said, observing while back at the podium with a live microphone, that she was raised with “a heart full of love”.
“I… 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,” she wrapped up and stalked out.
Following the press conference, Trump, along with many others, tweeted their reactions to the incident.
“Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit. She says she ‘prays for the President’. I don’t believe her, not even close,” Trump tweeted.
Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit. She hates that we will soon have 182 great new judges and sooo much more. Stock Market and employment records. She says she “prays for the President.” I don’t believe her, not even close. Help the homeless in your district Nancy. USMCA?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
Other users argued with Pelosi. Some suggested she is right when it is “about our country”, while others claimed the Speaker was “being very disingenuous” and telling “a massive lie”.
"As a Catholic" should have been followed by "that openly rejects one of Catholicism's most sacred teachings and supports abortion" before throwing faux outrage at a reporter.— Unaccountable BureauCat (@UnAcctBureaucat) December 5, 2019
As a practicing catholic and prolife I resent her using catholic to describe herself— Kyle Darling (@kyleboat) December 5, 2019
I am just going to let this play over and over and over ...all day long cause THIS is leadership!! Thank you Madam Speaker!!— Pilar French (@french_pilar) December 5, 2019
Amen, Nancy. We do not hate this President. This is about our country.— Pelosi is a COP 🚔 (@augustcohen_nyc) December 5, 2019
I hate what this president has done to the United States, to each of us as Americans. I hate how he looks for any way possible to inflict pain. How he insults people. And I force myself to remember that he is a child of God nonetheless.— R (@APrettyGoodLife) December 5, 2019
She hates Trump and directs her people to hate Trump supporters.— Glen Waldrop (@0ldmanGlen) December 5, 2019
She hates all kinds of people. She has all but said it and her actions certainly support it.
Pelosi hates. She really needs to read the book her faith is based on rather than fiddle on her phone during sermons.
Threatening a member of the press. pic.twitter.com/N9kdMtkTli— Cassandra (@TheWeeHours) December 5, 2019
Pelosi is the best speaker we have ever had ❤️— Ryan Fleury (@RyanFleury) December 5, 2019