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While giving a speech at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi managed to get in a dig at President Trump.

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS), a decorated World War II veteran, was awarded Congress’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, in recognition of his service as a soldier, legislator and statesman. Dole, 94, represented Kansas in Congress from 1961 to 1996 and served as the Republican Leader of the United States Senate from 1985 until 1996.

Pelosi started her remarks with praises for Dole, as she read from her prepared speech, and at one point stopped to tell the audience that was an “applause line,” so they dutifully clapped at her request. From there, it got worse.

She referenced former President Dwight Eisenhower, and then, going off script, suddenly turned to President Trump sitting behind her and said, “Mr. President, I point him out there – he chose to be memorialized here – his family told us of his wishes as a five-star general, isn’t that exciting? Because a lot of people can be president of the United States, but hardly anybody can be a five-star general.”

(Ironically, it should be noted that Sen. Dole was the Republican Party’s 1996 presidential nominee, but lost to Bill Clinton.)

Pelosi wasn’t done. She quoted Eisenhower as once stating, “A people that values its privileges above its principals soon loses both.”

Pelosi went back to remarks about Bob Dole, but it included a hidden message, obviously directed at Trump.

“He has dedicated a lifetime to upholding our American principals and advancing our founding values. He firmly believes in the value of justice, and battled in Congress in the 1960s to expand the civil rights of every American. He believes in fairness, fighting to create and then push the Americans for Disability Act over the finish line.”

“Bob also believes in honoring human dignity,” Pelosi said, noting that “he extended the lifeline of food stamps, school lunch initiatives and special nutrition initiatives to millions of women, children and working families.”

She quoted Dole as once saying, “Our challenge is not to question America’s ideals or replace them, but to act worthy of them.”

“May we all take heed of those profound words,” Pelosi said.  The video below is of the entire ceremony, but is set to start at the 33 minute mark, when Pelosi started in on Trump.


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