Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says Democrats need to be “cold-blooded” if they want to win in 2020.
Appearing on HBO’s Real Time with host Bill Maher, the House speaker said Dems should use the same strategies they used to win the House in 2018 as they look to November. “We know how to win,” she confessed, according to the Washington Examiner. “Disciplined, focused, cold-blooded.”
“Iron lady on the left”
Maher spent over 10 minutes talking to Pelosi about a host of topics ranging from President Donald Trump’s impeachment to a potential “civil war” in America, and the HBO host even offered some advice to Democrats looking to keep some friends going into the next presidential election: “You can hate Trump. You can’t hate the people who like him,” he said.
Maher spent the next several minutes praising Pelosi, who he called the “Iron lady on the left.” But the host lamented that the Democrat leader hasn’t gotten the recognition he thinks she deserves. “You were never a scary radical, but that’s how you were portrayed,” he told the House speaker.
For her part, the self-proclaimed proud “San Francisco liberal” shrugged it off.
“Don’t worry about that,” Pelosi said. “But here’s what I do worry about,” she added, turning the conversation back to Trump, “our country, in its greatness, can absorb one term of the present occupant of the White House — not two terms, what it does to the courts.”
Looking to November, Pelosi said it’s important for those on the left to “elect a new president of the United States, whoever that is — whoever the nominee is, we all must embrace and advance,” she emphasized.
“Throw a punch, for the children”
Pushing back against recent rumors of a rift in the Democratic Party, Pelosi went on to say that she thinks liberals can find “common ground and a mainstream message that can take us to the White House” in 2020. But Maher wasn’t so sure.
“I feel like the Democratic Party is very often the victim of their own purity tests,” he pressed, apparently suggesting that a more moderate candidate might not be progressive enough for some of the more radical members of the party. Pelosi, however, again told him not to worry.
“I’m in the arena, you go in there…and you have to be ready to take a punch, and you have to be ready to throw a punch, for the children,” Pelosi said. “But what I am concerned about for the children is the future of this country, and we have to have our common ground, a mainstream message. Now, in the [most] recent election, we won, we showed in the House that we know how to win: disciplined, focused, cold-blooded, in terms of just winning.”
“Well, [it’s] good to have your cold-blooded self on our side,” Maher replied.
Looks like President Trump will need to be ready to fight dirty if he wants to win the White House again this fall.
Take a look at Maher’s full talk with Pelosi below: