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Nancy Pelosi says she would have fought back if the rioters at the Capitol found her
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was among the targets of the pro-Trump mob during the insurrection at the Capitol last January 6. In a recent interview, Pelosi jokes what would have happened if the rioters had found her.
In an interview with USA Today, Pelosi recalled the insurrection, in which a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol to derail the certification of Joe Biden’s election win. Hundreds of rioters have been arrested so far, and reports have surfaced that they were also targeting top Democrats and even then-vice president Mike Pence. Five people were killed and over a hundred Capitol police officers were severely injured.
Pelosi shared what may have happened had the rioters found her, joking that she would have fought them. “Well, I’m pretty tough. I’m a street fighter. They would have had a battle on their hands,” said the House Speaker, who later pointed to her stiletto heels, implying that she would have used them as weapons. “I would have had these.”
The House Speaker went on to share that she was never really afraid of her own safety but of the safety of her colleagues and their staff. Pelosi noted that she would not forgive the rioters who have now inflicted trauma on her colleagues that would last. The House Speaker added that she is seeking to strengthen the security at the Capitol following the insurrection.
However, Pelosi hoped that a 9/11-type of commission could be established in order to find out all the facts that led to the riots. Still, Pelosi noted that she is open to having a select committee look into the riots should plan to establish the commission are further stalled. The House Speaker announced back in February her plans to establish the commission but despite receiving bipartisan support, no progress was made.
It should be noted that a 9/11-type of commission must be passed through statute, passed by both the House and the Senate, and signed into law by the President. The members of the commission would be coming from outside the government. The initial plan, drafted by House Democrats, would see the commission issuing their findings at the end of the year.