Pelosi introduces world to new idiom: 'Tinkle contest with a skunk'

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiHistory teaches that Nancy Pelosi is right about impeachment The politics and practicalities of impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms MORE (D-Calif.) is getting attention for her remarks about a heated Oval Office meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE.

“It goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you,” Pelosi told colleagues at a closed-door meeting after the confrontation she and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Why we need to build gateway now Campaign to draft Democratic challenger to McConnell starts raising funds MORE (N.Y.) had with the president.

“I was trying to be the mom,” she said. “I can’t explain it to you. It was so wild.”


Pelosi, Schumer and Trump got into it over the president's demand for $5 billion in border wall funding, a sum that has been rejected by Democrats.

Trump said he was wiling to shut down the government over the issue. Funding for the government needs to be extended by Dec. 21 to prevent a shutdown.

Pelosi’s description of the event has drawn attention on social media, with some Twitter users saying they plan to work the phrase into their lexicon.