House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Ocasio-Cortez: 'Embarrassment' that Democratic leaders are delaying Boebert punishment Overnight Health Care — Biden mandate faces Dem resistance MORE’s daughter tweeted support for her mother after Pelosi lashed out at a reporter for asking whether she “hated” President TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE.
“TFW giving the index finger is FAR more powerful than giving the middle finger … #DontMessWithMama,” Christine Pelosi, Pelosi’s daughter, tweeted Thursday.
Former Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen, who is now with Sinclair Broadcast Group, asked Pelosi "Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker?" at the end of Pelosi’s weekly press conference in the Capitol basement.
“I don't hate anybody. I was raised in a Catholic house, we don't hate anybody — not anybody in the world. So don't you accuse me of any [hate]," Pelosi said, pointing her finger out Rosen.
"As a Catholic I resent you using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me," she continued. "I pray for the president all the time. So don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."
Pelosi called Trump 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're very proud. I think he's in denial about the climate crisis. However, [those are] about the election.”
But she said the ongoing impeachment inquiry that House Democrats launched against him earlier this year “"is about the Constitution of the United States, and the facts that lead to the president's violation of his oath of office."
The press conference came just hours after Pelosi announced that Democratic lawmakers will begin drafting articles of impeachment.
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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Trump responded to the now-viral moment on Twitter Thursday, saying that he does not believe Pelosi when she says she prays for him.
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