Nancy Pelosi told to 'retire grandma' after speaker 'rips AOC's "squad" and Trump' in explosive new bookApril 12, 2021
NANCY Pelosi has been told to "retire grandma" after ripping Donald Trump's presidency and Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Squad" in an explosive new book.
In a soon-to-be-released biography, Pelosi takes aim at AOC's group of female lawmakers with this piece of blunt advice: "You’re not a one-person show. This is the Congress of the United States."
Susan Page, USA Today's Washington bureau chief, held 10 interviews with the House Speaker for the new biography – "Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power".
According to The Hill, Page said Pelosi's "anger at the four new progressive congresswomen was palpable" during the interviews for the book – which is out on April 20.
The so-called "Squad" consists of Democratic Reps Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.
Pelosi also revealed how the "pain" she felt when she realized Donald Trump would win the presidency "was physical; it was actually physical".
According to an excerpt from the book, the Speaker was left "horrified" after Trump won and "saw him as unfit for the White House".
"The election of Donald Trump was stunningly scary, and it was justified to be scared," she told Page during an interview.
"How could they elect such a person – who talked that way about women, who was so crude and… to me, creepy."
The book also reveals the first phonecall between Pelosi and Trump, in which Trump allegedly tells Pelosi to "speak to his daughter" when asked about the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues.
Pelosi faced an online backlash after excerpts of the book were published, with some Americans calling for her to quit and "let the people who really care run the show".
"Retire grandma," one Twitter user, who said they live in rural America, said.
Another wrote: "Please resign."
A third said: "Oh screw you Pelosi. Retire and let the people who really care run the show."
In the biography, Pelosi described the Senate leader as "an enabler of some of the worst stuff", Axios reports.
"Mitch McConnell is not a force for good in the country," she reportedly said in an interview with Page.
"He is an enabler of some of the worst stuff, and an instigator of some of it on his own."
Pelosi also bristles at former President Barack Obama getting sole credit for the deals she got through Congress.
In an excerpt from the book, Page said Pelosi did not want to discuss her personal life – but said she was able to get her to talk about personal things, "although not always intentionally".
"I’m as private a person as there is, and a shy one. I’ve had to be in this role – but I don’t intend to go into personal, personal aspects," Pelosi told Page.
The revelations come after Pelosi was blasted for blaming Trump for the border crisis and praising Biden for leading the country "on a good path".
Last week, she was berated for her comments against Trump, after she began by praising Biden's efforts – despite the Democrat's substantial lack of action over the last few weeks.
Controversial Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene hit back at Pelosi's statements, saying: "Liberalism is a mental disorder.
"Pelosi just proved it again with this statement. #BidenBorderCrisis"
The online backlash saw Trump-supporting Twitter users dub Pelosi as "totally psychotic" and suggested she was living in an "alternate reality".
Pelosi also blamed the spiraling border crisis on Trump last month, after a drastic surge in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing into the US.
"This is a humanitarian challenge to all of us. What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to correct that in the children's interest,” she told ABC's This Week.
The Biden administration has struggled to control the increasing number of migrants and to accommodate them in increasingly crowded border facilities.
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