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 PelosiBattle over reopening schools heats up Pelosi: Trump wearing a mask is 'an admission' that it can stop spread of coronavirus Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to reopening schools 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 TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' 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 BidenDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Teachers face off against Trump on school reopenings Biden wins Puerto Rico primary 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 GrahamGraham says he will call Mueller to testify before Senate panel about Russia probe Romney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption' Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad 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 BrownSenate Dems request briefing on Russian bounty wire transfers On The Money: Mnuchin, Powell differ over how soon economy will recover | Millions fear eviction without more aid from Congress | IRS chief pledges to work on tax code's role in racial wealth disparities IRS chief pledges to work with Congress on examining tax code's role in racial wealth disparities MORE (D-Ohio) and former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillTrump mocked for low attendance at rally Missouri county issues travel advisory for Lake of the Ozarks after Memorial Day parties Senate faces protracted floor fight over judges amid pandemic safety concerns 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 PocanThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: DC's Bowser says protesters and nation were 'assaulted' in front of Lafayette Square last month; Brazil's Bolsonaro, noted virus skeptic, tests positive for COVID-19 Steyer endorses Markey in Massachusetts Senate primary Celebrities fundraise for Markey ahead of Massachusetts Senate primary MORE (D-Wis.) tweeted.

Updated at 9:17 a.m.