Political commentator Mika Brzezinski asked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) about retirement in a video released Wednesday, and she just responded by blowing off the question.
Pelosi asked, “What’s that?” in response to the word retirement.
Pelosi has served in the House since 1987. At 81 years old, the House speaker remains the only woman to serve as Speaker of the House.
She first served beginning in 2007 and later regained the spot in 2019. Her website notes, “Pelosi made history again in January 2019 when she regained her position second-in-line to the presidency, the first person to do so in more than 60 years.”
Pelosi also comes from a legacy of political leadership. “Her late father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., served as Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years, after representing the city for five terms in Congress,” according to her website.
The House speaker doesn’t appear ready to retire or leave anytime soon. However, the Democrats currently hold a razor-thin lead in the House, meaning power could soon shift during the midterm elections and remove her from her speaker position.
Pelosi’s only method of retirement in the near future will likely be through conservatives regaining leadership in the House. If so, Pelosi will still be in office until a new candidate wins in her district or she finally accepts a new view of retirement.