One day after the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held a press conference announcing that the House would begin drafting articles of impeachment, with a possible floor vote as soon as Christmas.
The press conference signaled the beginning of the end of the impeachment inquiry in the House.
As Pelosi left the podium, however, Sinclair Broadcasting's James Rosen asked a pointed question:
"Do you hate the President?"
Pelosi quickly turned around, returning to the podium to give Rosen a stern rebuke.
JAMES ROSEN: Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker? NANCY PELOSI: I don’t hate anybody. … And as a Catholic, I… https://t.co/HPYKj1IUSD— JM Rieger (@JM Rieger)1575562459.0
I don't hate anybody," Pelosi said. "I was raised in a Catholic house. We don't hate anyone, not anybody in the world, so don't you accuse me—"
At that point, Rosen interrupted by citing House Republicans who claimed Democrats were impeaching because they "didn't like the guy."
"I think the president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids," Pelosi said, "who are afraid of gun violence. I think he is cruel when he doesn't deal with helping our Dreamers, of which we're very proud. I think he's in denial about the climate crisis, However, that's about the election. This is about the — take it up in the election."
"[The impeachment inquiry] is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that leads 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 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."
The reporter and the rest of the room was silent as Pelosi turned and walked out.
It wasn't long before the President tweeted to mock her, claiming she had a "nervous fit."
Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit. She hates that we will soon have 182 great new judges and sooo much more. Stoc… https://t.co/A75cskqM88— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1575564592.0
But much like when he tried to troll the speaker with a photo of her having a "meltdown," Trump's effort backfired.
I was in the room for @SpeakerPelosi's press conference. At no time did she have anything resembling a "nervous fit… https://t.co/hdfwzLiOdw— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg)1575565299.0
.@TeamPelosi has class and grace... and the clear capacity to make a point when it's needed to be made. And man, d… https://t.co/myWy5O0LSe— Joel Rubin (@Joel Rubin)1575567470.0
@realDonaldTrump Donald Trump doubting someone else’s faith. Irony dying a slow, miserable death today.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1575564731.0
Resign. Nancy OWNS your ass. #dontmesswithnancy https://t.co/LlsrDEv8gR— elspeth (@elspeth)1575565517.0
People noted the misogynistic implications of his tweet.
Can't help but think of this testimony from Fiona Hill: “And you know, I hate to say it, but often when women show… https://t.co/pEoRBz36b6— Kathryn Watson (@Kathryn Watson)1575565159.0
"Nervous fit" Not at all misogynistic! https://t.co/fhkZzMzEIO— Chris Cillizza (@Chris Cillizza)1575564693.0
Powerful woman really scare you, huh? It's OK old man... soon you'll be gone and this beautiful country can start t… https://t.co/6E6LrzzBNs— Morgan J. Freeman (@Morgan J. Freeman)1575567639.0
Trump loves attacking women calling them fat, stupid, having nervous fits, they have blood coming out of their wher… https://t.co/RYDjIcydCv— SpartanNYC #TheResistance (@SpartanNYC #TheResistance)1575566488.0
Regardless of what the President says, the impeachment process is—once again—moving forward.