A day after President Trump said she has “mental problems,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday likened the commander-in-chief to a child with “doggie doo on his shoes.”
The unusual jab escalates tension between Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Trump — after she called Trump “morbidly obese” on Monday.
Pelosi launched into an extended attack on Trump at a press conference when asked about his tweet urging police to investigate the 2001 death of an intern who worked for MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, then a Florida GOP congressman.
“You’re asking me about the appropriateness of the actions of this president of the United States? So completely inappropriate in so many ways that it’s almost a given,” Pelosi said.
“It’s like a child who comes in with mud on their pants or something — that’s the way it is, they’re outside playing. He comes in with doggy doo on his shoes and everybody who works with him has that on their shoes, too, for a very long time to come.”
Pelosi went so far as to claim she’s spoken to doctors about Trump’s mental state.
“I hear doctors talk to me about saying, ‘What’s matter with him?’ The things he says are so inappropriate for a president of the United States,” Pelosi said.
“There’s a word somebody used to me. They said you would understand it better if you knew what a confabulator is — look up the word confabulator — someone who just really doesn’t even know what the truth is. And just says anything. And because he says it, then he believes it,” Pelosi went on.
And she defended her Monday evening remark on CNN that Trump is “morbidly obese” and should not take the drug hydroxychloroquine to protect against the coronavirus — saying twice that she gave Trump “a dose of his own medicine,” while also claiming she was being compassionate.
“I was only quoting what doctors had said about him. So I was only being factual, and in a very sympathetic way. I said he’s our president, we don’t want our president taking something that could be dangerous as the scientists said it could be. … again, a dose of his own medicine,” Pelosi said.
The increased tension comes as Senate Republicans and House Democrats are at an impasse over a potential fifth coronavirus package. The House passed a $3 trillion bill on Friday, but Senate GOP leaders say they won’t consider the over-loaded package and want to take time to evaluate potential next steps.
The relationship between Trump and Pelosi grew increasingly acrimonious since the House impeached him last year. In February, Pelosi tore in half a copy of Trump’s State of the Union speech. Days later, Trump bristled at Pelosi’s frequent public claim to pray for him. “Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person,” he said. “I doubt she prays at all.”