House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he has a “hard time believing” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as she said that the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is not motivated by personal hate for the president. 

McCarthy’s remarks came after Pelosi lashed out earlier in the day at reporter James Rosen for asking whether she hates the president.

“I don’t hate anybody. As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. … Don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that,” Pelosi frustratedly told Rosen. “I pray for the President all the time.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.,) makes a statement at the Capitol in Washington, on Dec. 5, 2019. Pelosi announced that the House is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

McCarthy asserted his comments by pointing out Democrats’ effort to push their impeachment against President Trump as soon as he took office. 

“I’ll take them at their word what Congresswoman [Rashida] Tlaib [D-Mich.] said their very first day in Congress of what she referred to the president, which I wouldn’t think anyone would want it referred to them, that she was going to impeach them,” McCarthy said.

Tlaib vowed to take on President Trump hours after she was sworn in to office, penning an op-ed for Detroit Free Press on the same day to call for an impeachment. She latter used a profane term to attack the president before a crowd of supporters.

“Or when [Rep.] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] lied to the American public, only to get to the point where they are today. Or when he said he was going to ‘send him back to the golden throne,'” McCarthy said.

“I’ll take the Speaker at her word, but if she paused for a moment, she looked at just the facts, she would not have made that determination,” he continued.

“If she paused and actually listened to the hearing yesterday, and what a Democrat who did not vote for the president, who has studied the Constitution, who has been a witness for Democrats and Republicans based upon his own ability as a scholar, that this is the weakest and thinnest impeachment in the history of America. There is no bribery, no extortion, no obstruction of justice, and no abuse of power,” McCarthy added, referencing to Jonathan Turley, a law professor for George Washington University Law School, who was the sole witness called by Republicans on the Judiciary Committee for the hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

McCarthy went on to say that the impeachment led by Democrats would only weaken the nation as they put it over American people’s interest.

“We are not rebuilding this nation. Why? Because the timeline that they started from the day they were sworn in, down to the very freshmen announcing what they would do on the night they were sworn in to the selection of the chairs who would oversee the impeachment has come true today. It’s not a day that history will be proud of. It’s not a day I hope America ever repeats,” he concluded.

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