Conservatives have long regarded Nancy Pelosi as an arch villain in American politics, and some may have hoped she would fade into obscurity after her party's loss this past November. If so, then they are bound to be disappointed.
Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi has been a U.S. Representative for over 35 years, 20 of those as caucus leader for House Democrats. In 2007, she made history as the first woman ever elected to serve as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. #WomensHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/4ywaC2Mlf2
— Democrats for the Illinois House (@DemsforILHouse) March 3, 2023
House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch was among those who praised Pelosi, saying, "No conversation on trailblazing women could be complete without recognizing Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi."
"Speaker Pelosi, you have always been that voice," Welch declared. "You have shattered the glass ceilings. You have been the inspiration for us all."
This was not Pelosi's only appearance in the Windy City, as on Monday she also delivered an address at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.
Know your “why.” - @SpeakerPelosi
The Former House Speaker spoke to @UChicago students about developing their passions in public service.
She also discussed her rise in Congress, the war in Ukraine and the growing number of women in Congress.
— UChicago Institute of Politics (IOP) (@UChiPolitics) March 6, 2023
"And I always tell women or young people, if you are interested in this, know your why," the former House speaker told her listeners.
"Know why you're interested," she continued. "Is it about democracy? Is it about climate? Is it about education? Is it about fairness? Is it about LGBTQ? What is it that motivates you to be interested?"
However, some Twitter users were quick to insist that Pelosi's primary interest has always revolved around enriching herself.
"Nancy Pelosi, THE best insider-trader of our times," one alleged, adding, "Must be nice to have all company details before anyone else."
Claims that Pelosi has used her office for personal gain are not new, and they have lead Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley to introduce the Preventing Elected Leaders from Owning Securities and Investments (PELOSI) Act.
Fox News reported that the legislation would require members of Congress and their spouses to divest themselves of stocks or put them in a blind trust within six months of entering office. Members who exclusively own mutual funds would not be affected.
Members of Congress and their spouses shouldn’t be using their position to get rich on the stock market - today l’m introducing legislation to BAN stock trading & ownership by members of Congress. I call it the PELOSI Act pic.twitter.com/aIXNwSnTvW
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 24, 2023