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Washington Post: ‘#DontMessWithNancy’: Pelosi’s viral clash with reporter inspires trending hashtag, backlash — and merchandise

Icon for Washington Post: ‘#DontMessWithNancy’: Pelosi’s viral clash with reporter inspires trending hashtag, backlash — and merchandise

At the end of a heated exchange with a reporter Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stared pointedly at the man who had asked her if she hates President Trump and uttered four words: “Don’t mess with me.”

Within minutes, the contentious moment — initiated by a question from Sinclair Broadcast Group reporter James Rosen — blew up social media. Soon, Pelosi’s terse declaration had inspired a trending hashtag, “#DontMessWithNancy.” Videos of her response racked up millions of views as many, including late-night comedians, reveled in what has been described as “a righteous smackdown.” By Thursday night, Pelosi’s team had also capitalized on the buzz, releasing a sweatshirt (yours for $39) featuring the biting message: “Don’t Mess With Nancy.”

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