President Donald Trump’s presidency was good for the country. Unfortunately, it also brought many more years of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi was set to retire in 2016 but chose not to when Trump was elected, the Daily Caller reported. Susan Page’s new book “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power,” examines her career and how the Trump presidency changed her mind.
“The election of Donald Trump was stunningly scary, and it was justified to be scared,” Pelosi told Page in a USA Today interview the book was partly based on. “How could they elect such a person-who talked that way about women, who was so crude and…to me, creepy.”
Pelosi was planning on retiring to pen her memoirs and spend time with her nine grandchildren prior to Trump’s victory. Instead, the nation got four more years plus of Pelosi at the helm, steering the Democrats toward divisiveness and the country toward destruction.
It wasn’t just that Pelosi didn’t like Trump, but that his election caused her pain that “was physical; it was actually physical,” she said. “Like a mule kicking you in the back over and over again.”
Pelosi had been close with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and was devastated as much by her loss as she was by Trump’s victory. “It was a somber and sad conversation,” Clinton told Page about speaking with Pelosi right after her electoral loss, “because it wasn’t what either of us expected.”
Page’s puff piece included shots at Republican lawmakers, but it was Pelosi’s philosophy of governing that was especially instructive about the way she views her opposition. “Every day I’m like, ‘Don a suit of armor, put on your brass knuckles, eat nails for breakfast, and go out there and stop them from taking children out of the arms of their parents, food out of the mouths of babies.'”
While she supposedly would have stepped down if Clinton was elected, Pelosi doesn’t seem like she’d be content to fade away. Although she told Page she was a “shy” politician, Pelosi feeds on the drama and pageantry that can only come from her role in Congress.