In an incredible moment, President Trump proudly displayed 2 newspapers with headlines showing he’s been acquitted right in front of nemesis Nancy Pelosi at the National Prayer breakfast.
Fox News reports President Trump proudly displayed two newspapers with blaring “Acquitted” headlines Thursday morning, waving them before a National Prayer Breakfast audience in his first appearance since he was declared not guilty in his Senate impeachment trial.
The president brandished the headlines mere feet from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after both arrived at the breakfast.
Trump first picked up a USA Today newspaper and presented it before the audience. He then put it down and picked up a copy of Thursday’s Washington Post, which had a similar headline.
Taking his seat at National Prayer Breakfast, Pres Trump holds up USA TODAY with the banner headline "ACQUITTED." He also holds up the Washington Post with similar front page. pic.twitter.com/FxjcHb4GLH
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 6, 2020
Politico reports President Donald Trump immediately attacked his political rivals at the National Prayer Breakfast, just hours after his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial — charging that they had inappropriately invoked “their faith as justification” for calls to remove him from office.
The dig appeared to be directed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who have both referenced religion as they explained why they believed Trump needed to be impeached, though the president did not specifically mention the lawmakers by name.
“As everybody knows, my family, our great country and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people,” Trump said at the outset of his speech. “They have done everything possible to destroy us, and by so doing, very badly hurt our nation. They know what they are doing is wrong, but they put themselves far ahead of our great country.”
The president went on to applaud “courageous Republican politicians and leaders” who he said “had the wisdom, fortitude and strength to do what everyone knows was right” amid the impeachment fight.
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” Trump added. “Nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you’ when they know that that’s not so. So many people have been hurt, and we can’t let that go on. And I’ll be discussing that a little bit later at the White House.”
The president’s incendiary remarks, lobbed during the traditionally bipartisan event in Washington, echo a broadside he leveled in December against Pelosi, a devout Catholic, after the speaker insisted during a heated exchange with a reporter that she prays “all the time” for Trump.
“Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit,” Trump tweeted of the interaction, adding: “She says she ‘prays for the President.’ I don’t believe her, not even close.” Two weeks later, on the day of his impeachment by the House, Trump seemed to sarcastically encourage his supporters online to “Say a PRAYER!”