When rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), other members of Congress, and their aides and staffers were whisked away by security and hidden in secured areas.
Yet, in a recent interview, Speaker Pelosi insisted that, had things turned out differently, she would have physically confronted and fought the crowd of people that entered the building, The Daily Caller reported.
“I’m a street fighter”
Pelosi made the remarks during a wide-ranging interview with USA Today to mark the 100th day of what is presumably her final term as both House speaker and a member of Congress.
In reference to claims that some individuals within the mob wanted to kill her, Pelosi replied, “That’s what they were setting out to do.”
Asked if she was “frightened” during the incident, the 81-year-old congresswoman claimed, “Well, I’m pretty tough. I’m a street fighter. They would have had a battle on their hands.”
She even suggested that the four-inch stiletto heels she typically wears, which she proudly displayed to the interviewer, would have been her improvised weapon of choice and laughingly said, “I would have had these.”
Capitol security measures not going away
Pelosi went on to say that if her proposal for a “9/11-style” commission to fully investigate the events of the Jan. 6 riot didn’t come to fruition, she had other plans in mind, such as the formation of a “select committee” in Congress much like Republicans had created to probe the 2012 Benghazi terror attack.
“It’s always an option,” Pelosi said. “It’s not my preference in any way. My preference would be to have a commission.”
As for ongoing efforts to secure the Capitol complex, the Speaker noted that she supported legislation that would make permanent various security measures, such as “retractable fencing” that could be quickly put into place around the building if necessary.
Pelosi also signaled her support for enacting a number of proposed security measures put forward by retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, one of which is adding more than 1,000 more officers to the Capitol Police force — 200 to fill vacancies and more than 850 newly created positions — as well as integrated “systems of obstacles, cameras, sensors, and alarms.”
Capitol riot a “painful” moment
In response to a question about “the hardest moment of your career so far,” during a virtual event marking International Women’s Day in March, Pelosi said the Jan. 6 riot was a “very difficult moment for us in the Capitol and those who care about our democracy,” The Hill reported.
“That people would use violence upon the Capitol, even out to kill, really, members of Congress and the vice president of the United States was just so very hard,” Pelosi said, adding that it was all made “even harder” and “more painful” that some Republicans still objected to the 2020 election results after Congress had reconvened later in the evening.