House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) admitted that "it's hard" for her to actually speak the words "President Trump” and that she'd "rather have President Bush” in the White House.
In a Tuesday interview for the Commonwealth Club of California, Pelosi appeared to struggle with what to call Trump, quickly spinning her hand in a circle until finally saying “the new president of the United States." That prompted the interviewer to remark, “I noticed you don’t say President Trump.”
“It’s hard,” Pelosi quickly replied as the audience laughed. She then oddly added, "I've never heard him say it, either."
Pelosi said she was "looking forward to" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winning the presidential election last November over Donald Trump and that her surprising loss was "a blow."
“I’m the highest ranking woman politically in our country,” Pelosi said, adding that she wanted "a woman who would be the highest ranking woman practically in the world as president of the United States.”
She noted it's also “hard" for her with Trump in office "because I don’t know, from what I’ve seen, I don’t know how much respect he has for the job. That's why I feel I can speak frankly to him because he's casual.”
Pelosi also was asked if she'd "rather have President Trump or a President Pence" after which she and the audience laughed.
She replied “that’s really up to the Republicans" and then said, “I’d rather have President Bush.” More laughter.
Pelosi went on to say that Vice President Mike Pence is a "sincere, authentic arch-conservative. That's who he is. God bless him, that's what he believes, and that's who he is. I don't know what President Trump believes, do you?"
She then listed examples of what she said have been Trump's rejections of "his own [campaign] promises."
Pelosi's stated preference for Bush in the White House rather than Trump was particularly interesting given that elsewhere in the interview she nearly referred to Bush as the current president instead of Trump — or as she called Trump in the below clip, "what's his name."
It wasn't the first time Pelosi has mixed up Trump and Bush on camera.
(H/T: Truth Revolt)