What Nancy Pelosi said about calling Trump ‘morbidly obese’


WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned Wednesday that she referred to as President Donald Trump “morbidly obese” as a result of he’s put down girls for his or her weight. And moreover, she prompt, the president might lose a couple of kilos himself because the coronavirus bears down on the nation’s capital.

“I gave him a dose of his own medicine. He’s called women one thing or another over time, and I thought he thinks that passes off as humor in certain cultures,” Pelosi informed reporters at her weekly press convention. “I was only quoting what doctors had said about him, so I was being factual in a very sympathetic way.”

“I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group, and in his, shall we say, weight group: ‘Morbidly obese,’ they say,” says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Pres. Trump’s revelation he’s taking hydroxychloroquine. pic.twitter.com/0ImjpEjg9q

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[email protected] on calling President Trump morbidly overweight: “I gave him a dose of his own medicine…I was only quoting what doctors had said about him so I was being factual in a very sympathetic way.”

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For the file, the president is overweight, however not morbidly so. Pelosi on Monday referred to as Trump “morbidly obese.” He responded by dismissing her as “a waste of time.”

Pelosi’s degree of sympathy is unclear. Even because the virus ravages Americans and the U.S. economic system, the 2 are barely talking to one another.

They have sparred because the starting of the Trump presidency and extra sharply since Pelosi ascended to the speakership in 2019, for the second time. The subjects have ranged from the historic — a authorities shutdown and Trump’s impeachment — to playground-quality name-calling and who has the final phrase.

But actually, it’s all the time been about who has extra energy, a commodity by no means extra crucial than throughout a pandemic that has killed greater than 92,000 within the U.S. and left greater than 36 million individuals searching for work. The unfold of the coronavirus, which poses a larger danger of demise for older adults and other people with well being issues, remains to be important in Washington. Trump, 73, and Pelosi, 80, are working from reverse ends of Pennsylvania Avenue on what’s anticipated to be one other multitrillion-dollar rescue package deal.

On that, there was little progress Wednesday. Pelosi’s $three trillion invoice, which handed the House alongside occasion traces final week, received a cold reception within the Republican-controlled Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed it as “unserious and so far left.” It took on guidelines, McConnell famous, governing marijuana coverage throughout the pandemic. He’s famous, too, that the House is out of session this week, whereas the Senate is in Washington.

Pelosi, in the meantime, despatched a letter to colleagues Wednesday morning triggering a 45-day interval through which members can vote by proxy to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus.

Asked about Trump on numerous subjects, Pelosi a number of occasions referred to Trump’s behavior of exhibiting disrespect towards girls. The examples predate the 2016 presidential marketing campaign. A 2006 People journal article, as an example, quoted him as calling comic Rosie O’Donnell “my nice fat little Rosie.” A decade later, there was the discharge of the “Access Hollywood” tape, the trouble to muzzle Trump’s onetime paramours and his description of porn actress Stormy Daniels as “horseface.”

Despite these particulars, Trump received the votes of about 39% of ladies in 2016, in contrast with about 52% of males, in line with the Pew Research Center.

His conflicts with girls persist because the November election attracts close to. Recently, he’s sparred on reside tv with feminine journalists who cowl the White House. And he referred to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as “that woman from Michigan” — a crucial presidential battleground state.

In a mean of AP-NORC polls launched to this point in 2020, 39% of ladies and 46% of males mentioned they accepted of how Trump is dealing with his job as president.

Pelosi returned to these themes a number of occasions throughout her information convention. At one level, she repeated:

“The comments he makes about women. The comments he makes about women. So inappropriate.”

[email protected] on appropriateness of President Trump’s actions: “It’s like a child who comes in with mud on their pants…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.” pic.twitter.com/twUgvU17rH

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She lamented double requirements. On the unfinished rescue package deal, Pelosi famous that Republicans went first in proposing the earlier, huge model, which she mentioned contained solely the GOP’s priorities. When she places ahead one with Democratic priorities, her transfer is forged as “partisan,” she mentioned.

And she resumed her criticisms of Trump. On Wednesday, Pelosi forged him as a baby who is available in the home “with doggy doo on his shoes.” And she described him as a “confabulator,” a phrase that in some contexts means somebody who fills in gaps in information or reminiscence with made-up tales.

“But you know what?” she completed. “Forget about him.”


Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor and Emily Swanson contributed to this report.