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Nancy Pelosi says Capitol rioters would have had a fight on their hands had they caught her: 'I'm pretty tough. I'm a street fighter.'


'I'll never forgive them'

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During the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, security quickly evacuated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when the mob breached the building.

But if security had not gotten her out forthwith and the rioters had reached her, they would have had a fight on their hands, Pelosi told USA Today on Tuesday.

What did she say?

The mob that stormed the Capitol while Congress was counting Electoral College votes and formalizing the election of President Joe Biden made it clear that they wanted to find both Pelosi and then-Vice President Mike Pence. Security personnel were able to get Pelosi and Pence to safety as pro-Trump rioters sought to disrupt and stop lawmakers' constitutional duties.

Pelosi, noting she was thankful for security agents who kept her safe as they escorted her from the House floor, told USA Today she would have put up a fight if the mob that reportedly wanted to kill her had been able to get to her.

"That's what they were setting out to do," she said. The paper asked her if that frightened her, and she responded, "Well, I'm pretty tough. I'm a street fighter. They would have had a battle on their hands."

Then she lifted a foot to show the reporter her 4-inch-high stilettos, USA Today said, and added, "I would have had these" to arm herself with.

Pelosi told the paper that the trauma the mob put people through was unforgivable and that many staffers and members of Congress are still dealing with the aftereffects.

"I was never personally afraid because I had so much security for myself," the speaker said. "I was afraid for everybody else, and I'll never forgive them the trauma that they caused to the staff and the members."

She added, "I do think it will have an impact on how people decide to come to work here or stay to work here."

The riot resulted in at least five deaths, including that of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.

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