I’m an extremely stable genius’ and Pelosi is ‘a mess!’ Trump fires back at ‘Crazy Nancy’ after she calls him ‘villainous’ and demands his family stage an ‘intervention’
President Donald Trump slammed Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer as ‘Crazy Nancy’ and ‘Crying Chuck’ on Thursday as he doubled down on his argument he was ‘calm’ on Wednesday when he walked out of an infrastructure meeting with the lawmakers.
‘You had the group – Crying Chuck and Crazy Nancy,’ Trump said of gathering.
I’ll tell you what, I’ve been watching her, and I have been watching her for a long period of time, she’s not the same person. She’s lost it,’ Trump said at an event with farmers and the ranchers at the White House. ‘I think she’s got a lot of problems.’
He repeatedly insulted the speaker.
‘She was all crazy yesterday,’ he said. ‘She is a mess. Let’s face it she doesn’t understand. They sort of feel like she’s disintegrating before their eyes.’
But Trump also argued he hasn’t changed since becoming president and repeated a description of himself he has used previously – ‘stable genius.’
‘I haven’t changed very much. Been very consistent. I am an extremely stable genius,’ he said.
The remarkable dialogue was yet another step in the deteriorating relations between the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill.
The past 48 hours have been filled with sniping, insults and name calling by both sides of the aisle, with the war of words getting increasingly personal and underneath the other’s skin.
The president has been in spin mode since he walked out of Wednesday’s White House meeting on infrastructure – an event where Pelosi said he acted like a ‘baby’ and Schumer said he had a ‘temper tantrum.’
Trump has repeatedly argued he was calm.
‘I would say calm as I was at the news conference,’ Trump said of his behavior.
He charged Democrats with playing politics and attacking him to harm his chances for re-election.
‘Their whole focus is on 2020 and trying to demean the Republican Party and demean the president of the United States as much as possible so either that we get his poll numbers down to the point he can’t win,’ Trump said, ‘or they want to try to get him out of office anyway we can.’
He complained: ‘The whole Democrat Party is very messed up. They have never recovered from the great election of 2016.’
He even compared Pelosi to presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke.
‘I don’t want to say, ‘crazy Nancy’ because if I say that you’re going to say it’s a copy of ‘crazy Bernie’ and that’s no good. Because Bernie is definitely crazy,’ he said.
‘I watched Nancy and she was all crazy yesterday with the hands and everything. She actually reminded me of Beto. She actually reminded me of Beto but maybe a little bit worse,’ Trump noted.
In a remarkable move, he also asked some of the White House staff – including Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp, economic adviser Larry Kudlow, press secretary Sarah Sanders, and deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley – to vouch for his temperament on Wednesday in event featuring farmers and ranchers, who stood silently and looked on.
‘Very calm, no temper tantrum,’ Conway said.
‘Very calm – I’ve seen both and this was definitely not angry or ranting,’ Sanders said.
‘Calmer than some of our trade meetings,’ Kudlow joked.
Pelosi responded to the president’s tirade against her via Trump’s favorite medium – Twitter.
‘When the “extremely stable genius” starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues,’ she wrote.
Trump also pushed back against Pelosi’s charge that he wants Democrats to impeach him and then flipped out when she held the party back from starting the proceedings.
‘I don’t know if anyone wants to be impeached,’ the president said.
Pelosi made a different argument at the Capitol on Thursday as the war of words between both sides entered day two.
‘The White House is just crying out for impeachment. That’s why he flipped yesterday,’ she told reporters.
‘Maybe he wants to take a leave of absence. I don’t know. But on the other hand, we understand what our responsibilities are,’ she charged.
I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country,’ she said.
Pelosi argued Trump was upset Democrats did come out of a Wednesday morning meeting prepared to start impeachment proceedings, which resulted in him storming out of a White House infrastructure meeting with her and Schumer.
‘That was what disappointed him, because he didn’t see this rush to impeachment coming out of our caucus in our 9 o’clock meeting, which he thought was called specifically for him,’ Pelosi said.
At Wednesday’s meeting of House Democrats, the speaker told colleagues Trump wanted to be impeached by House Democrats so he could be vindicated by the Senate, NBC News reported.
Pelosi also called Trump’s actions ‘villainous’ in her conversation with members of her party.