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Pelosi calls Republicans 'losers' during interview with LGBTQ+ news website

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During an interview with the LGBTQ+ news website the Advocate, Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California called Republicans "losers."

Pelosi, who previously served as House speaker, made the comment after interviewer John Casey claimed that there is "hateful legislation in state Houses all over the country" and that Republicans are engaging in "dangerous rhetoric."

"I think they're losers. They're losers. They're losing on guns. You know, we still don't have the legislation we want, but the public is not really with them with all these mass shootings going on," Pelosi said, according to Casey, who characterized the printed version of their exchange as "an edited and condensed version" of their discussion.

"They're losing on women's right to choose, which is a losing issue for them and was during the last midterm election. So, what do they have? So now they turn to the trans and drag communities because they think that that has some salience. I don't know, does anybody really think that the drag issue is a threat? Of course not, so they're going to lose on that too," the long-serving congresswoman said.

Regarding drag queens Pelosi said, "I'm happy to do whatever I can to support them."

She has indeed been an outspoken supporter, even making appearances on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars."

According to a 2018 Hollywood Reporter piece, when asked what politicians can learn from drag queens, Pelosi replied, "Authenticity. Taking pride in who you are. Knowing your power — that’s what I talk about on my brief segment on the show. This idea of people believing in themselves, being themselves, taking pride in themselves, is not just a lesson for politicians but for everyone in the country. And that’s why I was so excited and couldn't resist being on the show."

Pelosi, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 35 years, holds the distinction of being the first and only woman ever to have served as House speaker.

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