House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is among President Donald Trump’s harshest critics in terms of the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, but unlike prior Republican presidents, Trump rarely turns the other cheek.
After Pelosi slammed his response to the coronavirus in an appearance on Fox News, President Donald Trump tweeted out that Pelosi is “inherently ‘dumb'” and is on the verge of being “overthrown” from her current role as speaker.
Pelosi rips Trump on Fox News
The president’s clap-back followed Speaker Pelosi’s appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” during which she bashed Trump as a “weak leader” who refuses to “take responsibility” and constantly seeks to cast “blame on others” for his own failures, the New York Post reported.
She also gave the president an “F” grade in terms of his overall “failure” in response to the coronavirus crisis, in terms of the necessary testing and his guidelines for reopening the country.
Pelosi’s remarks on Fox News caught the attention of the Republican National Committee, which accused the speaker of “playing politics” by blocking an effort to replenish the depleted Paycheck Protection Program in order to achieve other agenda goals.
The tweet from the GOP account was, in turn, retweeted by President Trump, along with his own excoriation of the speaker for her overt partisanship and gamesmanship during a crisis.
Trump unleashes on “dumb” Pelosi
“Nervous Nancy is an inherently ‘dumb’ person. She wasted all of her time on the Impeachment Hoax. She will be overthrown, either by inside or out, just like her last time as ‘Speaker’,” Trump tweeted.
“Wallace & @FoxNews are on a bad path, watch!” he added in reference to the Fox News Channel and Sunday host Chris Wallace, both of whom he has accused of becoming more hostile to him and his administration.
Nervous Nancy is an inherently “dumb” person. She wasted all of her time on the Impeachment Hoax. She will be overthrown, either by inside or out, just like her last time as “Speaker”. Wallace & @FoxNews are on a bad path, watch! https://t.co/nkEj5YeRjb
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2020
President Trump’s reference to Pelosi being “overthrown” and removed as the speaker like “last time” was in regard to her losing control of the Speaker’s gavel in 2011 following the Republican takeover of the House in the 2010 midterm elections, something that could easily occur once again if Republicans retake the House in the upcoming 2020 elections — assuming she isn’t first removed from the “inside” by the progressive wing of her own party.
No room to talk
It is too soon to know or even confidently predict whether Pelosi will retain the title of Speaker following the 2020 elections, but regardless of which party holds the majority in the next session, it is certainly within the realm of possibility that she could be ousted.
As for Pelosi’s claim that Trump was a “failure” in terms of his leadership in addressing the coronavirus, Trump noted that she was focused on her own “failure” of an impeachment effort against him instead of the developing crisis in its early weeks, meaning she has no room to cast stones.
In another media appearance Sunday, Pelosi said that she doesn’t “pay that much attention to the president’s tweets.”