(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday night insisted that she does pray for President Trump, and said it doesn’t bother her if he doesn’t believe her.
She also voiced the hope that the Democrats’ push to impeach the president would be carried out in a way worthy of the Founders’ vision for a unified nation.
During a CNN town hall in Washington on the day she told the House committees investigating Trump to proceed with articles of impeachment, Jake Tapper asked Pelosi about her press conference comment earlier in the day that she prays for the president “all the time” – and about Trump’s subsequent retort on Twitter.
In his tweet, Trump said Pelosi had “had a nervous fit” – when at the press conference she was asked if she hated Trump – and then he added, “She says she ‘prays for the President.’ I don’t believe her, not even close.”
“I want to give you a chance to respond,” Tapper said.
“The president is a master at projecting,” Pelosi said. “When you call somebody else ‘nervous’ – he’s the nervous one. When you suspect that somebody’s not praying – he’s probably not praying.”
“But I do pray for him,” she continued, “because he is the president of the United States, and I pray that God will open his heart to meeting the needs of people in our country. Whether it’s – like today they’re taking food stamps away from people, or was that yesterday? Whether it’s our Dreamers, whether it’s the children at the border that they were putting in cages, separating from their families.”
“Please God, please God, open his heart to receive the goodness that it would take to – to share with these people,” she said.
“Also, I pray for his health and for his safety. And for his family. I do, all the time. But it doesn’t bother me what he thinks about that. All the more reason to pray for him.”
Pelosi also elaborated on her sharp response earlier in the day, when asked by a reporter whether she hates the president.
Having been raised in the Catholic faith, she said, “the word ‘hate’ a person was just – that just didn’t happen. You know, the word ‘hate’ is a terrible word. But you might reserve it for vanilla ice cream, or something like that, but not – I’m a chocoholic – but not for a person.”
“And it is, um – so for him to say that was, really, disgusting to me.”
Pelosi went on to say she likes to think of America as “a country that is full of love.”
“Our Founders gave us guidance, they said ‘E pluribus unum,’ ‘From many, one.’ They couldn’t imagine how many we would be or how different we would be from each other,” she said. “But they knew that we had to strive for oneness, so whatever our differences, that we strived to resolve them in a way that was unifying for our country.”
“That’s what we hope to do even with this unfortunate, necessity – made necessary by the president’s actions – in this impeachment, to try to do it in a way that makes us worthy of our oath of office, as we honor the vows of our Founders to unify our country,” Pelosi said.