Pelosi: ‘As a Catholic, I Resent Your Using the Word Hate in a Sentence That Addresses Me’

By CNSNews.com Staff | December 5, 2019 | 2:31pm EST
Speaker Pelosi pointing her finger at reporter Jeff Rosen at her press briefing, Dec. 5, 2019. (Screen Capture)
Speaker Pelosi pointing her finger at reporter Jeff Rosen at her press briefing, Dec. 5, 2019. (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - Responding to a question from James Rosen of Sinclair Broadcasting, who asked her if she hated President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) invoked her Catholic faith and said she did not hate anyone and, in fact, “prayed for the president all the time.”

Pelosi made these remarks after she had begun walking off the stage at the end of her press briefing today. As she did so, Rosen addressed his question to her.

She stopped and started walking toward the reporter, pointing at him with her finger.

“I don’t hate anybody,” she said. “I don’t hate anybody. Not anybody in this world. So don’t you accuse me of hate.”

A moment later, Pelosi stepped back to the microphone at the podium and continued her response.

After describing the president as a “coward” and “cruel” because of some of the policies she disagrees with him on, Pelosi talked about her faith.

“And as a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me,” she said. “I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is full, a heart full of love, and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time.

“So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that,” Pelosi said.

Here is a transcript of the exchange Pelosi had at the close of her press briefing today.

Rosen: "Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker? Because Representative Collins—"

Pelosi: "I don’t hate anybody. … I don’t hate anybody. Not anybody in the world. So don’t you accuse me of hate."

Reporter: "I did not accuse you."

Pelosi: "You did. You did."

Rosen: "I asked you a question."

Pelosi: "You did."

Rosen: "Representative Collins yesterday suggested that the Democrats are doing this simply because they don’t like the guy."

Pelosi: "It has nothing to do with that."

Rosen: "I think it is an important point."

Pelosi:  "I think that this president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence. I think he is cruel when he doesn’t deal with helping our Dreamers, of which we are very proud. I think he’s in denial about the Constit—about the climate crisis. However, that’s about the election. This is about the elect—take it up in the election. This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president’s violation of his oath of office.

“And as a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is full, a heart full of love, and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time.

“So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”





 

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