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November 19, 2022

Nancy Pelosi Steps Down

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1863: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg address beginning: “Four score and seven years ago…”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that she is stepping down as a Democratic leader in Congress.

“Never did I think I’d go from homemaker to House Speaker,” Pelosi said in remarks from the House floor.

Pelosi, 82, has been a leader among congressional Democrats for 20 years. She said she wouldn’t run for leadership again, but plans to remain as a House lawmaker.

“The hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect,” she said.

Axios reported that many consider Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) to be Pelosi’s natural successor.

Pelosi wasn’t the only seasoned Democrat to announce that they would be stepping away from their leadership roles.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), 83, and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), 82, both announced they would also not be running for leadership again while remaining in Congress.

Pelosi’s announcement came shortly after Republicans won control of the House.

The Speaker and I have disagreed frequently and forcefully over the years, but I have seen firsthand the depth and intensity of her commitment to public service,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in a statement.

“There is no question that the impact of Speaker Pelosi’s consequential and path-breaking career will long endure,” he added.


Source: Axios

October 29, 2022

Paul Pelosi Hospitalized After Violent Assault By Intruder — Here’s What We Know So Far

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1929: “Black Tuesday” Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the “Great Depression.”

An intruder broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home early Friday morning and brutally beat her husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer while shouting: “Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?”

According to San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, police were called to the home for a “a priority well-being check” at approximately 2:27 a.m. on Friday. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the suspect, 42-year-old David Depape, and Paul Pelosi both grabbing onto a hammer.

“The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it,” Scott said.

At that point, officers “immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him” and took him into custody.

Both Paul Pelosi, 82, and Depape were transported to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where Pelosi reportedly underwent brain surgery.

“Mr. Pelosi was taken to the hospital, where he is receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery,” said Drew Hammill, Speaker Pelosi’s spokesperson.

The House Speaker was in Washington, D.C., at the time of the incident, where she was scheduled for an appearance at a Human Rights Campaign fundraising event Saturday night. Pelosi has canceled her appearance.

Chief Scott said Depape had been booked on a litany of charges, including attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary, and “several other additional felonies.”

Police said that a motive behind the attack “is still being determined” and the situation is “an active investigation.”

“We can have our political differences, but violence is always wrong & unacceptable.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Two of Depape’s relatives told CNN that he moved to California about 20 years ago from British Columbia, Canada. They said he was estranged from his family. Other individuals who had known Depape told the outlet that he had a drug problem and lived in a storage unit in the Berkeley area.

The U.S. Capitol Police is conducting a joint investigation into the break-in with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the San Francisco Police.

“Special agents with the USCP’s California Field Office quickly arrived on scene, while a team of investigators from the Department’s Threat Assessment Section was simultaneously dispatched from the East Coast to assist the FBI and the San Francisco Police with a joint investigation,” the USCP said in a statement.

Lawmakers react to the brutal assault

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) said he was “horrified and disgusted” by the assault and is “grateful to hear that Paul is on track to make a full recovery and that law enforcement including our stellar Capitol Police are on the case.”

“We pray for a speedy recovery for Mr Pelosi, and want the violent criminal held accountable and put behind bars,” said Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE).

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called the attack on Paul Pelosi “horrific,” and said that he and his wife Heidi are praying for Pelosi and their family.

“We can have our political differences, but violence is always wrong & unacceptable,” Cruz said.


Sources: AP | NPR | New York Post | The Hill | CNN

October 16, 2022

New Footage Shows Nancy Pelosi Vowed to “Punch” Trump on Jan. 6 [Video]

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1962: Cuban Missile Crisis begins as JFK is shown photos confirming the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba.

A newly-released video recorded on Jan. 6, 2021, shows an enraged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) vow to “punch” out then-President Donald Trump if he marched on the U.S. Capitol.

The footage was recorded by documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, the House Speaker’s daughter.

“Tell him, if he comes here, we’re going to the White House,” Pelosi says with a laugh.

Pelosi’s chief of staff Terry McCullough then tells her that the Secret Service “dissuaded [Trump] from coming to Capitol Hill.”

“If he comes, I’m going to punch him out. I’ve been waiting for this,” Pelosi tells aides. “For trespassing on the Capitol grounds, I’m going to punch him out. And I’m going to go to jail, and I’m going to be happy.”

Ultimately, Trump did not march on the Capitol that day.

The footage, exclusively obtained by CNN, was aired after the House Jan. 6 committee’s hearing on Thursday.


Source: CNN

September 19, 2022

Woman Accused of Stealing Pelosi’s Laptop Granted Release to Attend Renaissance Faire — Again

The Pennsylvania woman accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) laptop during the January 6 Capitol riot has been granted temporary release from her house arrest to attend a Renaissance Faire — for the second time.

When Riley Williams was released from jail last year, the judge ordered that she would only be able to leave home for work, court appearances, and a few other approved outings. Apparently, that includes the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

The judge granted the 25-year-old’s request to attend the faire last week, marking the second time Williams has gone to the event while serving home confinement. She was also allowed to go late last month.

“She is confined to her home 24/7 with exceptions. Every once in a while, if there is an activity that interests her, we ask if she can attend,” Lori Ulrich, Williams’ lawyer, told the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

Prosecutors say Williams bragged about stealing Pelosi’s laptop on the social media site Discord.

“I took Nancy Polesis [sic] hard drives. I don’t care. Kill me,” she allegedly wrote.


Sources: CBS News | NPR | Pittsburgh-Post Gazette

September 16, 2022

Chuck Schumer Says Democrats Will Lose House Majority Soon

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1620: The Mayflower departs Plymouth, England, with 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew for the New World.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned his fellow senators that House Democrats will lose their majority in the upcoming midterm elections — directly contradicting recent remarks from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

The admission came during a private dinner on Monday with six other Democratic senators at an Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill, per Punchbowl News.

Schumer reportedly told senators that Pelosi is “in danger” and Democrats will lose their House majority after the midterms.

The 71-year-old told his colleagues that if the midterm elections were held today, there was “a 60% chance we hold the Senate and a 40% chance we hold the House.”

Schumer was joined at the dinner by Democratic Sens. Chris Coons (DE), Mark Kelly (AZ), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Tom Carper (DE), John Hickenlooper (CO), and Dick Durbin (IL).

According to the outlet, Schumer was speaking loudly, so his conversation was overheard by other diners.

On Wednesday, Pelosi doubled down on her prediction that Democrats would regain the House and berated reporters for belittling her “political instincts.”

“How many times have I told you over the past year and a half‑plus that the Democrats would hold the House, despite some of the so‑called ‘conventional’ so‑called ‘wisdom’ in Washington, D.C. saying that, in the off-year, the President’s party always loses Congress or seats?” Pelosi said.

The House Speaker said Democrats are “very proud of the success that we’re having, and we fully intend to hold the House.”

“And even though there are some among you who belittle my political instincts and the rest, I got us here twice to the majority, and I don’t intend to – our giving it up,” Pelosi added.


Sources: Punchbowl News | Axios | Fox News

August 15, 2022

Democrats Score Huge Legislative Victory Ahead of Midterms

The $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk, signaling a big win for the Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.

The sweeping tax, climate, and health care bill passed through the House of Representatives in a 220-207 party-line vote, with every Democrat voting in favor and four Republicans not voting.

The House passage came just four days after the bill passed through the Senate in another party-line vote, wherein Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the Inflation Reduction Act “saves the planet while keeping more money in your pockets.”

“This bill, the Inflation Reduction Act, a package for the people, increases the leverage of the public interest over the special interests and expands health and financial security now and for generations to come,” Pelosi said.

Senate Democrats have been negotiating the package for more than a year, The Hill reported.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had argued against the bill in a 50-minute speech on Friday, calling it “misguided.”

“Democrats, more than any other majority in history, are addicted to spending other people’s money, regardless of what we as a country can afford,” McCarthy said from the House floor.

“Today, now they are choosing to end the session by spending half-a-trillion dollars more of your money, raising taxes on the middle class, and giving handouts to their liberal allies.” 


Source: The Hill

August 11, 2022

Pelosi Says China’s President is “Acting Like a Scared Bully”

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1945: Allies refuse Japan’s offer to surrender on the condition that Emperor Hirohito retains his status.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended her trip to Taiwan after backlash from China, saying Chinese President Xi Jinping is “acting like a scared bully.”

The visit fanned the flames of tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory. China considers trips by foreign government officials to Taiwan to be an acknowledgment of the island’s sovereignty and warned Pelosi’s visit would have an “egregious political impact.” Beijing completed live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait after Pelosi’s departure.

Pelosi told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that the Chinese president is “in a fragile place.”

“He has problems with his economy. He is acting like a scared bully,” she said.

When asked by NBC News host Savannah Guthrie if the trip was “worth it,” Pelosi replied: “Absolutely, without any question.”

“I have overwhelming bipartisan support for our visit to Taiwan, as Speaker of the House and with the distinguished delegation that I went there with. We were very well received. Thousands of people in the streets,” Pelosi added.

The House Speaker said, “what the Chinese are doing is what they usually do.”

Last week, 26 Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), signed a statement supporting Pelosi’s trip.

“We support Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan,” the lawmakers said. “For decades, members of the United States Congress, including previous Speakers of the House, have traveled to Taiwan. This travel is consistent with the United States’ One China policy, to which we are committed. We are also committed now, more than ever, to all elements of the Taiwan Relations Act.”

Pelosi noted that a group of senators traveled to Taiwan earlier this year.

“Did anybody make a fuss?” she asked.

“It was bipartisan, it was high-powered, including the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee — nobody said a word,” Pelosi said. “If they can ignore a trip of five senators in a bipartisan way, why would they decide on my trip that it would be different? … There’s something wrong with this picture.”

Pelosi’s trip made her the highest-ranking American official to visit Taiwan in 25 years.

The House Speaker said Xi “has his own insecurities” and will not control the schedule of members of Congress.


Source: New York Post

August 4, 2022

Details of Paul Pelosi’s DUI Arrest Emerge

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), allegedly showed “signs of impairment” including “symptoms of alcohol intoxication” when he was arrested in May for driving under the influence (DUI) charges.

According to court documents, Paul Pelosi’s Porsche and another driver’s Jeep had “major collision damage” in the May 28 crash. The other driver was identified as John Doe.

The DUI report claims that Paul Pelosi handed responding officers his driver’s license and an 11-99 Foundation card — a charity supporting California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers. Pelosi reportedly had “red/watery” eyes and was “unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.”

According to the documents, Pelosi was the only occupant of his vehicle and was in the driver’s seat when officers arrived at the scene.

Responding officers reportedly transported Pelosi to a CHP office in Napa and took a blood sample. Paul Pelosi had a blood alcohol level of 0.082 — higher than the state’s legal limit.

On Wednesday, Amanda Bevins, Paul Pelosi’s lawyer, pleaded not guilty to both counts on her client’s behalf. He is due back in court on August 23 for a settlement conference, Fox News reported.

The outlet obtained and published the court documents as the House Speaker visited Taiwan this week.


Sources: Newsweek, Fox News

August 2, 2022

“Pray” for Pelosi: Chinese Media Issues Chilling Statement

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1790: The first US census was conducted. The population was 3,939,214, including 697,624 slaves.

China’s state-affiliated media made a chilling statement ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) trip to Taiwan.

“Let her go to Taiwan,” tweeted Hu Xijin, commentator for the Global Times. “But pray before departure: wish herself a safe journey and wish herself not be defined by history as a sinner who starts a spiral of escalation process expanding military frictions to a large-scale war in the Taiwan Strait.”

On Monday, the Taiwanese broadcaster TVBS reported that Pelosi was set to arrive on Tuesday night as part of her tour of Asia.

A CNN report also confirmed Pelosi’s plans. The outlet noted that the stop isn’t currently included in Pelosi’s public itinerary. A Taiwanese official said she is expected to stay in Taiwan overnight, though it is unclear when exactly Pelosi will land in Taipei.

The speaker’s trip comes even after President Joe Biden recently said that the US military didn’t think it was a good time for Pelosi to visit Taiwan.

July 31, 2022

Trump Slams Pelosi: “She Will Only Make It Worse”

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1917: World War I – Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) begins and goes on to cause approximately 500,000 casualties.

Former President Donald Trump emphatically criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) plan to visit Taiwan.

Trump rebuked Pelosi in a post on his Truth Social app.

“Why is Nancy Pelosi getting involved with China and Taiwan other than to make trouble and more money, possibly involving insider trading and information, for her cheatin’ husband?” Trump wrote.

“Everything she touches turns to Chaos, Disruption, and ‘Crap’ (her second big Congress ‘flop’ happening now!), and the China mess is the last thing she should be involved in – She will only make it worse. Crazy Nancy just inserts herself and causes great friction and hatred. She is such a mess!!!”

The Chinese government has also condemned Pelosi’s planned visit, saying it would challenge a “red line” and be met with “resolute countermeasures.”

President Joe Biden recently said that the U.S. military thinks Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan is “not a good idea right now.”

But some lawmakers have applauded Pelosi’s plan to visit Taiwan, including Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), who chairs the Congressional Taiwan Caucus.

“I hope she stands up to the pressure that she’s going to get, and is already getting, from President Biden and the administration. I think it’s important that we show solidarity with our ally Taiwan,” said Chabot. “So I commend her for making the decision to go. I hope she sticks to her guns.” 

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