President Donald Trump on Sunday called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi an “inherently dumb person” after her appearance on Fox News, and also criticized host Chris Wallace for having her on his show.
Pelosi appeared on Fox News Sunday, for the first time since 2017, to criticize Trump’s coronavirus response and refusal to take responsibility for his early remarks downplaying the outbreak.
“Leaders – leaders take responsibility. So I said he’s a weak leader. He doesn’t take responsibility. He places blame – blame on others,” the Speaker told Wallace. “And that might have been OK before, but we cannot continue down a path that is, again I’ll come back to science, science, science, evidence, data on how we should go forward.”
Trump took to Twitter to lash out at the Democrat and the network’s host after her appearance. “Nervous Nancy is an inherently ‘dumb’ person,” the president tweeted. “She wasted all of her time on the Impeachment Hoax. She will be overthrown, either by inside or out, just like her last time as ‘Speaker’. Wallace & Fox News are on a bad path, watch!”
Newsweek reached out to Pelosi’s office and Fox News for comment.
Trump has faced mounting criticism over the federal government’s inability to adequately ramp up COVID-19 testing, which has made it more difficult for public health officials to accurately track the virus’ spread. Pelosi on Sunday said the president “gets an F” on testing, and noted that White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recommendations on testing “hasn’t been done.”
During the White House COVID-19 news conference on Saturday, the president defended his administration from criticisms over testing and claimed that U.S. testing capacity is “fully sufficient” to start the process of reopening the country.
Trump also called out his favorite cable news channel Fox News last Sunday over unfavorable coverage. “Just watched Mike Wallace wannabe, Chris Wallace, on Fox News. I am now convinced that he is even worse than Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Meet the Press (please!), or the people over at Deface the Nation,” the president tweeted. “What the hell is happening to Fox News. It’s a whole new ballgame over there!”
The president’s remarks last week were not the first time he has publicly criticized Wallace or complained about Democrats being featured on the network. Last month, Trump claimed that Fox News’ decision to interview members of the Democratic Party signaled the “beginning of the end” for the network. He also attacked Wallace and insisted he should be on “Fake News CNN or MSDNC.”
Wallace responded to the attacks at the time by saying that such criticism from the president merely indicates that he’s doing his job. “I have been in the business for half a century and I have been attacked by all sides,” the host said.