Gayle King calls out Pelosi for calling Trump supporters 'henchmen': 'Egregious language'

CBS News's Gayle KingGayle King Lorne Michaels mulling departure from 'Saturday Night Live' Amanda Gorman shares new poem on pandemic life R. Kelly accuser tells Gayle King their interview was a wake-up call MORE called out House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse leaders unveil bill to boost chip industry, science competitiveness with China Pelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 Hoyer says 'significant' version of Build Back Better will pass this year MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday for calling President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE's supporters "henchmen," saying the language is just as "egregious" as rhetoric directed towards her by the president.

King made the remark after she asked Pelosi about whether Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE should debate Trump next week given Pelosi's previous comments questioning the wisdom of holding the debate.

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"Tuesday is a big debate," King said to Pelosi. "Tuesday, the debate between the two of them. You earlier suggested that you didn’t think Biden should debate. Do you still feel that way?"

“The president has no fidelity to fact or truth, and actually in his comments the last few days, no fidelity to the Constitution," Pelosi said, referring to Trump's remarks earlier this week about a peaceful transition of power.

"He and his henchmen are a danger with their comments — are a danger to our democracy. Why bother? He isn't committed to the Constitution," Pelosi said.

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"But Speaker Pelosi, here's the problem. Your language, to some, is just as egregious as what they're saying, by calling the president's people 'henchmen,'" King shot back. "Some could say that's just as insulting as what he's saying about you."

"Well, I don't care what he says about me," Pelosi replied. "Every knock from him is a boost for me. If he wants to help me raise money, he can keep knocking me."

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