GOP senator rips into Pelosi at Trump rally: 'It must suck to be that dumb'

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) launched into a blistering attack against Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Calif.) while speaking at a Trump campaign rally in Louisiana late Wednesday, stating that it "must suck" to be as "dumb" as her. 

“In three short years, President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE has doubled the growth in the greatest economy in all of human history. And do you know what our Democratic friends have done for him?” Kennedy asked. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to impeach him.”

"I don’t mean any disrespect, but it must suck to be that dumb," Kennedy added, prompting widespread laughs from the crowd and grinning from President Trump. 

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The comments from Kennedy came as the House Democrats move forward with a fast-moving impeachment inquiry into Trump and his dealings with Ukraine. The inquiry, which was launched in late September, centers around a whistleblower complaint that accuses Trump of pushing Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE, who is running for president, and his son Hunter Biden over unfounded allegations of corruption. 

House Democrats are also probing whether Trump tied nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine opening investigations into the Biden family and the 2016 election. Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, acknowledged on Monday that Trump's dealings with Ukrainian officials amounted to a quid pro quo, according to a transcript of his testimony. 

Trump and Republican lawmakers have widely panned the impeachment inquiry, arguing that the probe is an effort to reverse the results of the 2016 election. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamInspector general testifies on FBI failures: Five takeaways Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe Conservatives rip FBI over IG report: 'scathing indictment' MORE (R-S.C.), a vocal ally of the president, on Wednesday dismissed charges that Trump's dealings with Ukraine amounted to a quid pro quo, calling the whole process a "joke" and a "political vendetta."

Pelosi has repeatedly defended the impeachment inquiry, saying last week that the probe is not about Trump's personality or policies. 

"That's for the election. This is about the Constitution. This is about defending our democracy," Pelosi said.

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When asked for comment about Kennedy's remarks, Pelosi's office referred The Hill to statements from a host of lawmakers and commentators, including Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field On The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday Pelosi announces support for new Trump NAFTA deal MORE (D-Ohio) and former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillGinsburg health scare raises prospect of election year Supreme Court battle MSNBC's McCaskill: Trump used 'his fat thumbs' to try to intimidate Yovanovitch GOP senator rips into Pelosi at Trump rally: 'It must suck to be that dumb' MORE (D-Mo.).

"He plays to the crowd. I guess when you stand next to Donald Trump and you have that kind of crowd reaction, you play to it. I’m disappointed. For him to say that about Nancy Pelosi is so off the mark," Brown said on CNN's "New Day."

"I'm disappointed because I like John, and for him to say that about Nancy Pelosi is so off the mark."

"It would take someone dumber than a rock to think that was not disrespectful. Talking to you John," McCaskill tweeted. 

"Two misogynists threatened by a woman in power walk into a Trump rally," Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House panel unveils rival fix for surprise medical bills | Democrats punt vote on youth vaping bill | Pelosi drug bill poised for passage after deal with progressives Pelosi reaches deal with progressives to avert showdown over drug price bill Armed Services chair calls defense bill 'most progressive in the history of the country' after criticism MORE (D-Wis.) tweeted.

Updated at 9:17 a.m.