Pelosi Gives WaPost Interview & Hands Trump/GOP Their Ass

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Ahead of her acceptance of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat for an interview with The Washington Post, and her courage was matched only by her confidence.

After regaining the gavel for Democrats in the House of Representatives in the age of Trump, Pelosi has so far led Congress through a government shutdown and doubled down in the fight to save the Affordable Care Act. With the upcoming elections looming, Pelosi sounded no more intimidated by the prospect than any other fight she’s waged. “I’m going to have our races won by this November,” Pelosi told The Washington Post.

‘It’s a remarkably bold guarantee for Pelosi, who will celebrate this new majority’s 100-day mark at a Democratic retreat next week outside Leesburg. Her caucus has had its share of growing pains in the first quarter of the year, with younger, more-liberal Democrats trying to push Pelosi’s leadership team as far to the left as possible.’

Pelosi’s message for Republicans considering a 2020 run against incumbent elected leaders was also bold. For those who may possibly eke out a win, considering the 2018 Democratic victories in districts that went solidly for Trump in 2016, Pelosi promised that GOP congresspeople would comprise a small and ineffective minority in 2020.

‘We fully intend to win this election, and some of you are vulnerable. It’s going to cost you millions of dollars, to win or lose. And if you win — say you win — you’re in the minority…So we get the A-team, and they get the retirements. That’s my plan.’

Pelosi also doesn’t appear worried about Democratic elected leaders who are pushing the party farther and farther to the left, saying that the number is much smaller than most think. She’s concerned mostly with voters, including those Trump voters who are tired of his political games and potentially ready to be won over.

‘Pelosi rejected the idea that today’s Democrats are further to the left than a decade ago, suggesting that it was “just a few people” with high profiles and some of the “presidentials.”

‘Instead, she has charted a course of again appealing to moderate suburbanites and some rural voters frustrated by Trump’s reality-TV-style presidency. She doesn’t want to focus on impeaching Trump or on far-fetched legislation that has no hope of passing in divided government. She promises not to repeat the mistakes leading up to 2010.’

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