Nancy Pelosi is earning praise for her power pose, thanks to President Donald Trump — though that wasn’t his intention.
After a tense meeting Wednesday at the White House over the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, the president posted a photo of the House speaker standing at a table filled with male peers while pointing a finger at the president. His take on it was that it was “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!” However, many disagreed, and instead heaped praise on Pelosi for standing up to the president in a “historic” photo.
Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown! pic.twitter.com/RDeUI7sfe7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
Pelosi, who responded to the president’s tweet by making the picture her Twitter background photo — revealed Thursday what she was saying at that moment. “I think I was excusing myself,” she said, referring to how she and New York Senator Chuck Schumer walked out of the meeting after Trump reportedly called her a “third-rate politician.” Or, she added that it could have been after she said, “All roads lead to Putin.”
Speaker Pelosi on that now famous photo of her standing up to Trump: "I think I was excusing myself from the room ... At that moment, I was probably saying, 'all roads lead to Putin'."
Via ABC pic.twitter.com/qXG4A939fJ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 17, 2019
She went on to say she would like a recording of what transpires in those types of meetings. “They come out and say, ‘Oh, this happened’ or ‘That happened.’ You’re like: We must have been in two different meetings because that didn’t happen,” she said, referring to the president’s “unhinged” remark.
Pelosi has had no shortage of people who had her back and praising her for standing to the president — literally. One of those was Meghan McCain, who reshared it, writing, “What is this thing everywhere where tough women who don’t put up with sh** are ‘unhinged’?!” she asked. “Nancy looks like a bad b**** in control of a room entirely filled with men!”
Alyssa Milano predicted it “will become a historic picture for so many reasons.”
Chelsea Clinton wrote that Pelosi “looks neither nervous nor unhinged,” adding to Trump, “You, Mr. President, on the other hand.”
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) October 16, 2019
Ana Navarro-Cárdenas said she hopes the photo “inspires other bad-ass women to run for office.”
I hope this picture of Nancy Pelosi, the sole woman at the table, standing-up and speaking-up, inspires other bad-ass women to run for office. pic.twitter.com/MQoIvCo4NJ
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 17, 2019
E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of sexual assault (he denied knowing her), also posted it.
— E. Jean Carroll (@ejeancarroll) October 17, 2019
And Pelosi was applauded for using the personal attack to her advantage. CBS News White House reporter Kathryn Watson noted she was “the only woman pictured at the table literally standing up to the president.”
Pelosi is using the picture the president tried to use to mock her as her new Twitter background pic — the only woman pictured at the table literally standing up to the president. pic.twitter.com/1ftdlQ8WFE
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) October 17, 2019
However, there were some who shared the president’s perspective on the photograph. Randy Quaid wrote that it was “rude” of “No Pants Nance” to “point.”
Someone tell No Pants Nance it’s rude to point! #Trump2020
— Randy Quaid (@RandyRRQuaid) October 17, 2019
Kristy Swanson compared Pelosi to Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest.
— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) October 17, 2019
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on The Ingraham Angle that Pelosi — and the other top Democrats in the meeting — were just “infatuated” with impeachment.
"Who is the leader? The person who stayed in the room and had a discussion. The people who left the room are the ones who can't handle it,” McCarthy said.
The meeting was tense by all accounts. It was the first between Trump and Pelosi since Congress launched its impeachment inquiry. According to multiple reports — and Schumer — Trump called Pelosi a “third-rate politician” during the sitdown. Pelosi and Schumer ended up walking out — but met with reporters outside and described the president’s “meltdown.” Soon after, Trump posted his “unhinged” photo, which she then responded to by making the picture her Twitter cover image.
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