#PelosiOwnsTrump Trends After Photo of 'Unhinged' Nancy Pelosi Goes Viral, But Not How Trump Intended

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer walked out of a meeting with President Donald Trump Wednesday, the commander-in-chief turned to his most-utilized platform to mock the Democratic leadership.

That tweet took off on Twitter—but not quite the way he intended.

The hashtag "#PelosiOwnsTrump" trended after a flurry of tweets offered a vastly different interpretation of the photo Trump had posted.

.@realDonaldTrump said it shows an "unhinged meltdown."

.@SpeakerPelosi's team said "Thanks for the new cover photo!"#PelosiOwnsTrumphttps://t.co/21FcFw8iSq

— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) October 17, 2019

His attack included a picture of Pelosi and said "Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown!" But rather than seeing a "nervous" speaker, Trump's opponents across the ideological spectrum instead said they saw an empowered politician boldly facing down the president on his 1,000th day in office and took to Twitter to challenge the president.

Yeah, I saw #nancypelosi give a press conference after I posted this and couldn't believe he couldn't even remember how to insult her correctly. 🤣 What an idiot. #PelosiOwnsTrump #trumpletter https://t.co/u6dNQCqRrf

— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 17, 2019

Bill Kristol, the founder of the now-shuttered conservative magazine The Weekly Standard, tweeted the image along with the caption "OK, maybe I am a feminist," referencing comments he had made in the past in which he said that he was "not a feminist, nor an AOC fan."

We are all feminists today. https://t.co/T3VZ8uys8P

— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 17, 2019

Meghan McCain, the host of the The View and daughter of late Arizona Senator John McCain, said that the image showed Pelosi as a "bad b**** in control of a room entirely filled with men!"

She persisted.

She insisted.

She resisted.

And you bet your ass @SpeakerPelosi WILL NOT be desisted. #PelosiOwnsTrump pic.twitter.com/D1apw86N8e

— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) October 17, 2019

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, wrote: "Congresswoman@SpeakerPelosi looks neither nervous nor unhinged. You, Mr. President, on the other hand ..."

Congresswoman @SpeakerPelosi looks neither nervous nor unhinged. You, Mr. President, on the other hand ... https://t.co/ZQ4bpysCCb

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) October 16, 2019

MSNBC host Joy Reid wrote that the "photo will wind up in history books," a prediction echoed by Lawrence O'Donnell, the host of MSNBC's The Last Word, who wrote that he had never before seen anyone "literally stand up to a president like that because no one ever had to. Only Trump would tweet this perfect picture of his weakness & humiliation.@SpeakerPelosi finest moment."

I've been in a lot of presidential meetings in that room and I never saw anyone literally stand up to a president like that because no one ever had to.

Only Trump would tweet this perfect picture of his weakness & humiliation. @SpeakerPelosi finest moment. https://t.co/wca1oSqytY

— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) October 16, 2019

Pelosi shot back by making the image her Twitter cover photo, and offered her own version of the meeting, the first between Trump and the speaker since Pelosi launched an impeachment inquiry last month. The House had issued a rare bipartisan rebuke of the president earlier Wednesday, voting to 354-60 to condemn Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

I hope this picture of Nancy Pelosi, the sole woman at the table, standing-up and speaking-up, inspires other bad-ass women to run for office. pic.twitter.com/MQoIvCo4NJ

— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 17, 2019

Pelosi attributed Trump's "meltdown" to the critical vote and said she is praying for his health."I'm not talking about mentally. I'm talking about handling the truth," she wrote.

The speaker has fiercely challenged Trump before, depicting him as a brash and inexperienced politician. One of the most notable exchanges came before to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which began in December after Trump refused to fund the government unless Democrats provided $5 billion for a border wall. Following a meeting in the Oval Office, Pelosi depicted Trump as impetuous, and challenged his "manhood."

Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Speaker Nancy Pelosi applauds President Donald Trump at the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol Building on February 5, 2019. She said in an interview that Trump does not care about the difference between right and wrong. Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images