Previously, Speaker Pelosi has clapped back at Trump with withering irony at his State of the Union address and dismissed him as "not worth" impeaching. Until his quid pro quo call with Ukraine came to light and changed her mind, that is.
Giving a press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Pelosi was asked about the mounting evidence against Trump and commented:
If the president has something that is exculpatory - Mr President, that means you have anything that shows your innocence - then he should make that known, and that's part of the inquiry.
So far we haven't seen that but we welcome it.
Oof. That's gotta hurt.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "If the president has something that is exculpatory—Mr. President, that means do you have any… https://t.co/atO47mxZXx
Trump does claim his favourite book is his own ghost-written business manual The Art of the Deal so it's entirely possible he doesn't know the meaning of the word.
Pelosi also said during the conference that Trump’s alleged wrongdoings “make what Nixon did look almost small" - referring to the Watergate scandal - and went further responding to the first public day of impeachment testimony from acting Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor and George Kent of the State Department:
The devastating testimony corroborated evidence of bribery uncovered in the inquiry and that the president abused power.
The 79-year-old has been on fire in recent weeks and her contemptuous tone here had plenty of fans.
The word for today is Exculpatory. Also, @SpeakerPelosi there are times you can be straight up gangsta. https://t.co/eaBItZY7Wy
— Gary DaBaum On SciFi.Radio (@Gary DaBaum On SciFi.Radio)
@SpeakerPelosi This was so good. When you stopped and turned to the camera to explain to trump what ‘exculpatory’ m… https://t.co/4DE1Ssuzf6
One person who was less taken with her droll remark was Trump himself, who tweeted angrily on Friday ahead of Marie Yovanovitch's impeachment testimony:
Nervous Nancy Pelosi, who should be home cleaning up the dangerous & disgusting Slum she is making of her District in San Francisco, where even the filth pouring into the Pacific Ocean is rapidly becoming an environmental hazard, is getting NOTHING DONE.
She is a Do Nothing Democrat as Speaker, and will hopefully not be in that position very long.