Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday doubled down on her desire to physically attack former President Donald Trump.
In a video released last week by the Democrats’ special committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, the San Francisco Democrat responded to an aide’s report that Trump was not coming to the Capitol that fateful day because the Secret Service could not guarantee his safety.
“I hope he comes,” Pelosi replied. “I want to punch him out. This is my moment. I’ve been waiting for this. For trespassing on the Capitol grounds. I want to punch him out, and I’m going to go to jail, and I’m going to be happy.”
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On Tuesday, Pelosi remained committed to violence, telling MSNBC, “I would have punched him out. I said I would have punched him out. I would have gone to jail. And I would have been happy to do so.”
She added, “He wouldn’t have had the courage to come to the Hill. He is all talk.”
Trump did in fact talk on Tuesday, sharing his thoughts about Pelosi.
“She’s a despicable person, very bad for the country, ” the former president told conservative journalist Benny Johnson.
“If I ever said that it would be a national scandal,” Trump added.
“If I ever said it, that would be terrible,” he continued.
“It’s one of those things that I have to put up with. She makes a statement like that, it’s totally fine. If I made a statement, it’s more me than a Republican (although” most Republicans couldn’t do it either.”