Speaker Nancy Pelosi defender herself against Donald Trump’s claim that she failed to secure the Capitol on January 6, 2021, saying that the former president bears the responsibility for the security failures, The Hill reported.
While appearing on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” Pelosi was asked about Trump’s comments about the January 6 riot during his interview with Kristen Welker on “Meet the Press.”
During last Sunday’s interview, Trump told the “Meet the Press” host that Nancy Pelosi was responsible for security at the Capitol and accused her of turning down “10,000 soldiers.” Trump insisted that there would have been no riot if Pelosi had not turned down the troops.
In response to Trump’s claim, Pelosi accused the former president of projection, saying Trump “knows he’s responsible for that, so he projects it onto others.”
The former speaker described the January 6 riot as an “assault” on the Constitution and “our democracy,” adding “shame on him.”
Pelosi also denied Trump’s claim that she refused an offer to deploy the National Guard on January 6, insisting that both she and Senator Schumer “begged” Trump “again and again” to send in troops.
Pelosi accused “Trumpites” of “attacking the Capitol” and “fighting the police,” and claimed that they threatened the lives of then-Vice President Pence and herself. She inferred that Trumpism is a “sickness” for which there should be “an intervention.”
She said the “intervention” must come from the 2024 election, “which we have to win.” She explained that she decided to run for reelection because the stakes are too high if Donald Trump is on the ballot and she wants to “fight for our democracy.”
Pelosi added that while she may not be the Speaker of the House or in the Democrat leadership anymore, she is not willing to walk away. She explained that she still gets a “trill” when she goes to the House floor and says, “I speak for the people of San Francisco.”