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Thursday, 15 April 2021

'I'm a street fighter': Nancy Pelosi says she would have fought off MAGA rioters with her four-inch stilettos if security hadn't evacuated her from the Capitol

 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would have fought off the Capitol rioters had she been caught on January 6. 

'Well, I'm pretty tough. I'm a street fighter,' Pelosi said in an interview with USA Today. 'They would have had a battle on their hands.' 

The California Democrat then pointed to the 4-inch stiletto heels she wears, adding, 'I would have had these' to use as weapons. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is photographed presiding over the House chamber on January 6 before the Capitol insurrection

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is photographed presiding over the House chamber on January 6 before the Capitol insurrection 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is known for wearing 4-inch stilettos and told USA Today this week that she would have wielded them as a weapon against the MAGA mob

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is known for wearing 4-inch stilettos and told USA Today this week that she would have wielded them as a weapon against the MAGA mob 

Richard Barnett, a supporter of President Donald Trump sits inside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 6

Richard Barnett, a supporter of President Donald Trump sits inside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 6 

Pelosi was whisked away by her security detail and didn't have the same kind of close calls as Vice President Mike Pence and now Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. 

Footage of both Pence and Schumer narrowly escaping the mob were used by Democratic impeachment managers in former President Donald Trump's second Senate impeachment trial over inciting the insurrection. 

Pelosi agreed with USA Today's Susan Page and Ledyard King that the rioters were out to kill her. 

'That's what they were setting out to do,' the top Democrat acknowledged. 

She added that she was never personally fearful that day. 

'I was never personally afraid because I had so much security for myself,' Pelosi said. 'I was afraid for everybody else, and I'll never forgive them [for] the trauma that they caused to the staff and the members.' 

Accounts from that day include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hiding in her office bathroom mistaking a member of the Capitol Police for a rioter.


Rioters made their way into Pelosi's office - and her staff barricaded themselves into a conference room and hid under a table as the office was ramsacked, according to reporting from The Washington Post. 

'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,' Pelosi told USA Today on Tuesday. 

The speaker said she's open to having a select committee investigate January 6 - similar to the select committee Republicans formed to probe Benghazi, if efforts to create a January 6 commission fail. 

There have been across-the-aisle disagreements on the scope of a commission and how its members would be chosen. 

She reiterated her commitment to an investigation of January 6 during her Thursday press conference. 

'I would rather have a 9/11 ... type-commission,' she said. 'The challenge we have is what is the scope.' 

'It's not about reviewing the elections, it's not about examining Black Lives Matter, it's about what happened on January 6 and how we can prevent it from happening again,' the speaker continued. 

'But I'm optimistic, because, frankly, we have to have a commission, in my view, to find the truth,' she added. 


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