House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reportedly suggested over the weekend that she plans to make sure President Trump leaves the Oval Office one way or another, as he continues to suggest the 2020 election was won unfairly by his opponent Joe Biden.
As Pelosi engaged in discussions with other congressional leaders to hammer out both a coronavirus relief bill and a spending package to fund the U.S. government, the California Democrat told her team that she could not wait until Trump’s term had ended.
“I’m counting down the hours ‘til he’s gone,” Pelosi told her leadership team over the weekend, as reported by Politico. “I plan to pull him out of there by his hair, his little hands and his feet.”
A spokesperson for Pelosi did not return Fox News’ request for comment.
Lawmakers passed the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill on Monday night, which was subsequently sent to Trump’s desk for final approval on Tuesday.
The president urged lawmakers over the weekend to pass relief in a Twitter post, but has been otherwise heavily focused on alleged election fraud – less than one month ahead of Biden’s inauguration date.
On Monday, he alluded to a “very big illegal ballot drop” in Pennsylvania, before turning his attention to the signature verification process in Georgia.
Trump did, however, appear to take credit for both the $600 economic impact payments included in the coronavirus relief package, as well as the rapid development of vaccines that are in the process of being distributed to vulnerable American populations.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., on Thursday said she supported her colleague Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y., contention that the Democratic Party needs new leadership.
Asked by Mitchell whether she agreed with Ocasio-Cortez that the party needs new leadership, Spanberger said: “We’re a broad tent party. I have longed maintained that we need to have new voices and new leadership across the board.”
Ocasio-Cortez called for new leadership in the party during a podcast interview on “The Intercept” that aired Wednesday. The self-described Democratic socialist said it was time for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to go – but warned of a power vaccum that could be filled by “nefarious forces” who are “even more conservative than the caucuses’ current leaders.
“I do think we need new leadership in the Democratic Party,” the congresswoman said during the podcast. “I think one of the things that I have struggled with, I think that a lot of people struggle with, is the internal dynamics of the House has made it such that there [are] very little options for succession.”
Although Pelosi has indicated this upcoming term could be her last, Ocasio-Cortez said there are no viable solutions to replace her because the party’s current leaders have concentrated power in leadership “with a lack of real grooming on next generation of leadership.”
“My concern — and I acknowledge this as a failing, as something that we need to sort out — is that there isn’t a plan,” she said. “How do we fill that vacuum? Because if you create that vacuum, there are so many nefarious forces at play to fill that vacuum with something even worse. And so, the actual sad state of affairs is that there are folks more conservative than even they are willing to kind of fill that void.”