All The Times Nancy Pelosi Put Trump In His Place

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been in the spotlight this week after her dramatic announcement that she is — finally — launching a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. After years of deliberating, it is Trump’s reported pressuring of the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, that did it.

During her brief announcement, Pelosi spoke with her characteristic sobering straightforwardness, and she was able to get in more than one memorable line. One that stood out to us? "The president must be held accountable; no one is above the law."

This isn't the first time Pelosi put Trump in his place, from comments on the border wall to his love of playing golf. Ahead,
read more of Pelosi's memorable quotes.

"He's gone rogue. I think where they're going is a cover-up of a cover-up."

During an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Friday, Pelosi accused Attorney General William Barr of going "rogue" in an effort to protect President Trump from the fallout of the whistleblower complaint related to his conversations with Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine. She argued that Barr is part of the White House "cover-up."

Her body language at the State of the Union.

Sometimes Pelosi makes a powerful statement without saying a single word. At Trump's State of the Union address in February, her condescending claps and the fact that she was reading when Trump spoke said everything we need to know about her feelings toward him.

Body language expert Patti Wood, author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, called the reading "an obvious, clear, and sustained nonverbal message of disbelief and disregard for the president."

"Reading notes is a tactic that I actually have coached speakers to do to hold in their nervousness and show their disinterest during debates, because it's one of the only oddly politically correct ways of showing disrespect and disagreement," she told Refinery29.

"I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened."

Back in January, Trump sparred with Democrats on funding for his border wall, which caused the government to shut down. Trump wanted to hold the State of the Union despite the government shutdown, but Pelosi reminded him who's boss in the House.

"We’re not doing a wall. Does anybody have any doubt about that?"

So that's that. Pelosi said this to reporters in January.

"Maybe he thinks if government’s shut down, he can golf more comfortably. That’s not how it works."

During a December press conference just before the government shutdown, Pelosi told reporters how she thinks Trump would handle a potential shutdown. (Just for reference, according to, he's already golfed 218 times since the inauguration, which has cost taxpayers about $109 million.)

"It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing." 

Speaking of that $5.7 billion wall, this is what Pelosi reportedly told Democrats during a meeting in December 2018.

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