U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday shared on Twitter a series of tweets containing sexist insults and personal attacks against prominent female Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, Stacey Abrams and Nancy Pelosi.
Trump retweeted John Stahl, a conservative who gathered only 3% of the vote in his bid for election to California's 52nd House district in 2012, calling Clinton a "skank." Trump shared another post that attacked Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor of Georgia in 2018 and is believed to be a leading contender to be Joe Biden’s running mate in 2020. Trump retweeted another insult calling Pelosi “PolyGrip” and accusing her of “drinking booze on the job.”
Pelosi, the top elected U.S. Democrat, compared Trump last Wednesday to a child "with doggy doo on his shoes," as the spat between the two leaders escalated.
The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Republican president have not spoken directly for seven months but have exchanged barbs as Congress and the White House work to respond to a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 98,000 people in the United States.
"It's like a child who comes in with mud on their pants," Pelosi told a news conference when asked about provocative comments Trump has made about MSNBC television host Joe Scarborough, including references to him as "psycho."
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"He comes in with doggy doo on his shoes and everybody who works with him has that on their shoes, too, for a very long time to come," Pelosi said, referring to canine excrement.
Trump, famous for his name-calling and insults, told reporters earlier in the week during a visit to Capitol Hill: "Pelosi is a sick woman. She's got a lot of problems. A lot of mental problems."
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The president was responding to Pelosi's comments on Monday that he should not be taking the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medicine against the coronavirus because of his age and being in a weight group she said was "morbidly obese."
Pelosi, who is second in line for the presidency, has not spoken directly to Trump since October 16, when she attended a White House meeting on Syria.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other Trump administration officials led the negotiations with Pelosi and other congressional Democrats that resulted in $3 trillion in coronavirus relief over the past two months.