Celebrities are asked to do all sorts of wacky, impossible things on late night talk shows, but this task was a real head scratcher for Nancy Pelosi: Compliment Donald Trump.
Pelosi, minority leader of the House of Representatives, appeared in “The Late Late Show” hosted by James Corden, who asked her to compliment various Republicans.
He started by showing a picture of House Speaker Paul Ryan. Pelosi paused for a bit, and then she said he was a gentleman. For Sen. Ted Cruz she commended him on memorizing the Constitution — when Corden pushed her that this was a good thing, not a nice thing, Pelosi said he was a good father.
But when it was President Donald Trump’s turn, she struggled with coming up with one nice thing for the president, a “flag pin” was her first answer. She later said he was always “respectful” and “nice” to her.
Earlier in the interview, she explained about her first meeting with the commander-in-chief.
“I had been in that meeting with President George W. Bush, I had been in that meeting with President Barack Obama as leader or speaker, and now we are with this new president. How will he begin the meeting, will he quote the bible, will he quote our founders, what words of wisdom have inspired him overtime?” were some of the things on Pelosi’s mind.
However, Trump started the meeting in a very Trump-ian manner. “You know I won the popular vote” were the first words he said in the meeting, boosting about his popular vote win, which is patently untrue.
Corden also asked the leader if she could tell him some mind-blowing political things. “Can’t confirm or deny,” she said.
“Do you think the political divide in America is the greatest you’ve seen it in the 30 years that you’ve been in politics?” asked the host.
Pelosi denied it: “No, I think there has been division over time, but I think the communication in real time has exacerbated the manifestation, in other words, people are more aware of divisions.”
He asked the leader who has devoted her life to politics, how she felt about the state of politics, and if she worries that America will end up in a situation where only celebrities will be elected.
“I would like to think that President Trump is an aberration, but there is a danger in thinking that, because the aberration that he is…is that, he wasn’t conveying a vision for America that was based on facts or truth,” she said.
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