The Democrat Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, was all over Sunday’s political TV talk shows.
As usual she was having fun surprising everyone.
Rumors that she’d quit Congress after the attack on her husband Paul were shot down.
She also cheekily claimed a mental health patient’s attack on her husband and the Republicans’ “disgraceful” reaction to it hurt the GOP in the polls and boosted her party.
Love her or hate her nobody can deny it: Nancy Pelosi has some nerve!
Democrats Got Lucky That Paul Pelosi Was Attacked?
Nancy Pelosi spoke on both CNN’s “State of the Union” and ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, making the same claims, namely, that the recent attack on her 82-year-old multimillionaire husband, Paul Pelosi, played a tremendous role in the outcome of the 2022 midterms.
As of 11 am EST on Monday, the Republicans have secured 212 seats in the US House of Representatives, six short of the 218 needed for a majority, and have flipped 17 seats. The Democrats have clinched 204 seats and have flipped five.
Over the weekend, it became clear that the Democrats kept their control of the US Senate, regardless of the fate of Georgia’s seat, which will be decided in a runoff on December 6.
The San Francisco home of Nancy and Paul Pelosi was broken into on October 28 by David DePape, 42, an illegal immigrant from Canada, who wanted to capture the House Speaker.
Pelosi herself wasn’t home at the time, so the man, who has had mental health problems, got in a physical fight with her husband and cracked his skull with a hammer before getting arrested.
While she gave Joe Biden credit for the Democrats’ midterm results, she dwelled upon how the Republicans offered a “horrible response” to the incident involving her husband.
Pelosi argued that the attack at her home was not an isolated incident but part of a political violence “trend” stemming from the right.
She blasted the GOP’s reaction to the incident as “disgraceful” and insisted her, and her family’s “trauma” from the attack was “intensified” due to the Republicans’ “ridiculous, disrespectful attitude.”
Pelosi also alleged many voters had told her that they decided to go vote – and to vote Democrat – because they were sick and tired of incidents such as the assault on her husband – thus claiming the incident boosted the Democratic Party’s results.
"There's nobody disassociating themselves from the horrible response that they gave to it."@DanaBashCNN asks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) whether she thinks the attack on her husband and the GOP response impacted voter turnout in the midterm elections. @CNNSotu #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/UGYnNutRsy
— CNN (@CNN) November 13, 2022
.@gstephanopoulos: "Do you think President Biden should run again?"
— ABC News (@ABC) November 14, 2022
Nancy Ain’t ‘Stepping Away’ from Congress
Before the midterms, while a huge “red wave” was still widely expected, the Democrat US House Speaker said she was considering retiring from Congress and politics and that the attack on her husband was a significant factor in the midterms.
Speaking on Sunday, however, she revealed she had made up her mind to remain in the House of Representatives.
Answering a question by ABC host George Stephanopoulos about how she would like her two speakerships in the House (2009-2011 and 2019-2023) to be remembered, Pelosi didn’t answer the question but instead declared she didn’t have “any plans to step away” from the US Congress.
Prior to that, she gave a non-committal answer when asked whether she would once again seek to be House Speaker if the Democrats somehow got to keep control of the lower chamber of the US Congress.
She said her decision to run again for the leadership role would be based on the “wishes” of her family and her caucus.
Pelosi concluded she would “always have influence” even if she wasn’t the House Speaker.
With the Democratic Party's control of the House uncertain, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was too soon to say whether she would seek to maintain her leadership post https://t.co/XaqABssgGo pic.twitter.com/Ehy57QOJUG
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 14, 2022
Asked by @GStephanopoulos about how she wants her speakerships to be remembered, Speaker Nancy Pelosi highlights her work on climate and health care.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 13, 2022
This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.