House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced in a recent interview with USA Today that if the rioters who breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 had reached her, she’d have put up a fight.
Pelosi told USA Today that the mob was “setting out” to kill her, but suggested in response to a question that she wasn’t frightened at the prospect.
“Well, I’m pretty tough,” the speaker reportedly said. “I’m a street fighter. They would have had a battle on their hands.”
The 81-year-old congresswoman then gestured to the 4-inch stiletto heels she was wearing. “I would have had these,” she said, suggesting the shoes could be used as a weapon.
A look back
Pelosi noted back in January that she at first wanted to stay in the Capitol during the riot, but later relented to security and was evacuated, Newsweek reported.
Rioters did manage to make their way to Pelosi’s office during the unrest in January. One suspect, Richard Barnett, was even photographed sitting in Pelosi’s chair with his feet on the congresswoman’s desk.
Later in her talk with USA Today, Pelosi said she would never forgive the rioters for the trauma they had caused.
“I’ll never forgive them the trauma that they caused to the staff and the members,” she said. “I do think it will have an impact on how people decide to come to work here or stay to work here and the rest,” the speaker added.
In the weeks that followed the riot at the Capitol, Pelosi led the House to impeach then-President Donald Trump a second time over the unrest, though Joe Biden took over the White House before a trial in the Senate began.
The Senate ultimately acquitted Trump of the single charge against him.
A look ahead
When Pelosi’s interview with USA Today went public, social media didn’t hold back in its criticism — or its jokes. “I can’t wait for the Nancy Pelosi: Street Fighter movie!” one Twitter user opined, according to The Washington Times. Another called her “delusional at best.”
With no plans for retirement or resignation in sight for the House speaker, one can only hope voters keep off-the-wall comments like her most recent ones in mind when midterms roll around in November 2022.