Former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke (D) made waves on Thursday morning after throwing his hat into the ring to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential election.
One of the first people asked to comment on O’Rourke’s candidacy was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
When asked by NBC’s Kasie Hunt whether or not O’Rourke—a three term congressman—has adequate experience to ascend to the White House, Pelosi responded with a dose of her trademark shade.
“And you ask me that when we have a President of the United States who never—you know—please. Yes, the answer is yes.”
.@Kasie: "Do you think that the experience [@BetoORourke] has here in the House is a strong enough foundation to jump to the Oval Office?”@SpeakerPelosi: “And you ask me that when we have a President of the United States who never – you know – please. Yes, the answer is yes.” pic.twitter.com/YLDK1FPYSF
— Kasie DC (@KasieDC) March 14, 2019
Unlike Beto O’Rourke, President Donald Trump had never held public office before his upset victory against former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who had previously been a First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State.
Despite his inexperience, Trump’s acumen as a businessman was cited by his supporters as a qualification, but that acumen remains debatable.
Denizens of the internet applauded Pelosi’s clapback.
Good answer Madam Speaker!
— Roger Sullivan (@RogerSullivanNO) March 14, 2019
The Queen of SHADE !
Thank you Nancy !!
— patty proferes (@saghrbrsun) March 14, 2019
Nancy out here dunking on people left and right
— John D (@JohnDepierro) March 14, 2019
Pelosi went on to describe O’Rourke as a “welcome addition” to the already crowded field of Democratic candidates for 2020.
While many commended Pelosi’s answer, others were upset that the reputable Kasie Hunt posed the question in the first place.
Disappointing that you would ask such a silly question with such an obvious answer.
— Stephanie Kowalski (@sdkowalski1) March 14, 2019
Please don’t make different rules for Dems than Republicans @KasieDC don’t start this.
— Eric Gallion (@EGallion27) March 14, 2019
Kasie, funny question to ask. Most any high school graduate could do a far better job than our current potus #DoofusDonald
— Steve Collins (@stevecstny) March 14, 2019
Regardless of the question’s merits, Pelosi’s answer is just one reason that the House of Representatives is in capable hands.