During the announcement that he was going to pay out another $16 billion to farmers, on top of the $12 billion paid out last year, to not at all compensate for the losses farmers are suffering because of his trade war, Trump took time out to attack Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. First, as he was discussing the agriculture deal itself, Trump brought up the pending legislation around his minor revisions to NAFTA. As he did, Trump threw in this comment about Pelosi’s lady brain just not being up to dealing with trade: “I don’t think Nancy Pelosi understands the deal. It’s too complicated. But it’s not a complicated deal.”
Trump then used what was supposed to be a platform to showcase his support for farmers to make claims that he was “very calm” during his meeting with Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer. He then sought to prove his calmness by insisting that Kellyanne Conway confirm his version of events, in public, on camera.
But Trump wasn’t done. As the event was winding up, Trump returned to the idea that Pelosi is somehow not clever enough to understand the NAFTA version 1.01 he’s selling as a whole new thing. “She’s lost it,” said Trump. “She’s not the same person. She’s lost it. … She’s a mess. Look, let’s face it. She doesn’t understand it. They sort of feel … she’s disintegrating before their eyes. She does not understand it.” Trump then unpacked his new nickname for the speaker, calling her “Crazy Nancy.”
This should go so, so well.