House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) implicitly mocked former President Donald Trump in a speech she gave this Thursday announcing her retirement from party leadership in the House. (She’s staying in her House seat, to which she recently won re-election.)
In the remarks in the chamber, Pelosi listed the presidents with whom she has worked while prominently leading House Dems. She didn’t even mention Trump. “I have enjoyed working with three presidents achieving historic investments in clean energy with President George Bush, transformative health care reform with President Barack Obama, and forging the future from infrastructure to health care to climate action with President Joe Biden,” Pelosi said, per NBC. Although Trump was already antagonistic towards Pelosi, who regained her position as House Speaker after the 2018 elections, she became even more at odds with Trump after the Capitol riot, during which she helped coordinate the security response to the rioters storming the Capitol building. In a piece of footage from the day, she even quipped about getting into a physical altercation with Trump if he showed up, as was rumored he might have done.
As for Pelosi’s accomplishments, a lot on the list is quite lasting. The Affordable Care Act, which she helped get passed in the early parts of the Obama era, has never been repealed despite Republican obsession over the idea. South Dakota just joined the list of states expanding Medicaid tied to the provisions of the law, with an amendment to the state Constitution approved by voters in this year’s midterm elections.