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.
“Anyone can be President but not anyone can be a 5 star general” – Pelosi taking a shot @POTUS during ceremony honoring Senator Bob Dole
— Mike (@OfficeOfMike) January 17, 2018
Even when all she had to say was how wonderful Bob Dole is, congenital idiot Nancy Pelosi can’t resist a swipe at @realDonaldTrump saying anyone can be president but not everyone can be a 5-star general. One thing we know is that one person who won’t be president is you, dolt.
— Mickey P (@MickeyPMickeyP) January 17, 2018
Nancy Pelosi should be ashamed of herself. You snubbed our POTUS at a celebration honoring Bob Dole. You made a complete ass of yourself! You just killed the Democratic party!
— pamela clearwood (@pamelaclearwood) January 17, 2018
— Jay Burgo-Ramirez (@JayB_Eagles) January 17, 2018
My God Nancy Pelosi is shameless even at such a great moment for senator bob dole she couldn’t leave her hatred and digs at President Trump at home she is truly a disturbed women
— carol feiler (@Feilercarol) January 17, 2018
@NancyPelosi How dare you say ”ANYONE CAN BE PRESIDENT ” at BOB DOLE’S GOLD MEDAL AWARD , lets be clear YOU CANT BE PRESIDENT nor would anyone vote for you , you need to show RESPECT FOR OUR PRESIDENT , PRESIDENT TRUMP
— randy (@randy777761) January 17, 2018
“Senator Bob Dole once said, our challenge is not to question American ideals or replace them, but to act worthy of them.” – @NancyPelosi at Congressional Gold Medal ceremony. pic.twitter.com/1vgXBCQiXJ
— Elizabeth Dole Foundation (@DoleFoundation) January 17, 2018