GOP senator defends calling Pelosi 'dumb': 'What I said was accurate'

GOP senator defends calling Pelosi 'dumb': 'What I said was accurate'
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Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) defended remarks this week in which he called Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Ginsburg successor must uphold commitment to 'equality, opportunity and justice for all' Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg MORE (D-Calif.) “dumb," saying that his comments were “accurate.”

“Well, I didn't mean disrespect,” he said Friday on Fox News, “but I do think what I said was accurate.”

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"Let me say it again: I think that what Speaker Pelosi is doing here is not only dumb, but it's dangerous," he said, referring to the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry led by Pelosi.

"It's a partisan impeachment, clearly," he continued. "All impeachments, I guess, are political, but this one's 100 percent political, and it's going to establish a new norm for America that I think is bad for us."

Kennedy first made the remark Wednesday at a rally in Louisiana alongside President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE.

"Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to impeach him," Kennedy said. "I don't mean any disrespect, but it must suck to be that dumb."

Republicans on Capitol Hill have criticized House Democrats for a process they’ve called a “sham” after Democrats and Republicans on three committees held closed-door interviews with several officials regarding Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. 

Public interviews are slated to begin next week.

"Due process should matter," Kennedy said Friday. "And I think Speaker Pelosi intends to give the president a fair and impartial firing squad, and she made up her mind before she saw the facts."