President Donald Trump started his day Tuesday by going after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Twitter, saying the California Democrat's mic didn't work ..."just like [the] Dem party."
Pelosi was one of dozens of congressional Democrats who rallied Monday night outside the Supreme Court against Trump's Middle East travel ban. At one point, Pelosi took to the mic to address the crowd, but then apparently realized that no one could hear her.
When all else fails...sing? Pelosi, Schumer lead a protest against President Trump, and it doesn't quite go as planned pic.twitter.com/iKyGRSqYiv— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) January 31, 2017
Trump seized on the embarrassing moment in a tweet Tuesday morning.
"Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!," Trump tweeted.
The Washington Post reported Monday night's rally outside the Supreme Court attracted at least 1,000 protesters opposing Trump's travel ban.
A spokesman for Pelosi later fired back in a tweet, saying the mic "briefly" did not work and taking aim at Trump's firing of acting attorney general Sally Yates.
"The mic briefly did't work, but this thin-skinned President clearly heard the voices of the more than 250 Members of Congress and thousands of others who gathered outside the Supreme Court last night. The President's immoral executive order is clearly unconstitutional — no matter how many times he tweets or how many Administration officials he fires," Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, said.
Hammill was referring to Trump's firing of acting attorney general Sally Yates, who reportedly instructed Department of Justice officials not to defend Trump's travel ban, temporarily barring entrance to the U.S. by people from seven Middle Eastern countries. The nations were designated by the Obama administration in 2015 as "areas of concern."
Trump appointed Dana Boente to replace Yates until the Senate confirms Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick to become the next attorney general. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Tuesday on whether to refer Sessions to a final confirmation vote by all 100 senators, CNN reported.
The White House defended Trump's firing of Yates in a statement issued Monday night, saying that Yates had "betrayed" the Justice Department by not defending the travel ban.