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 PelosiMeadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House Pelosi floats undoing SALT deduction cap in next coronavirus bill Overnight Health Care: More states order residents to stay at home | Trump looks to sell public on coronavirus response | Judges block Ohio, Texas abortion bans | Dems eye infrastructure in next relief bill 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 TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House 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."