‘[Republicans] come after me because I’m effective…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she thinks President Donald Trump stole his signature campaign slogan, “drain the swamp,” from Bush-era Democrats.
“That was ours,” she said in a Rolling Stone interview. “Trump stole it from us. ‘End the culture of cronyism, incompetence, and corruption.’ That was our thing.”
Pelosi did say in 2006 that she wanted to “drain the swamp,” referring to the GOP after more than a decade of Republican rule.
But Pelosi was also an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton, who lost the 2016 presidential election largely in part because of her involvement in cronyism and corruption.
Pelosi also said that if the midterm elections were today, there’s “no question [the Democrats] would win.”
“Civilization as we know it today is at risk in this election. We have to win,” she said. “People say, ‘Is it a wave? Is it a tsunami?’ Well, it’s a lot of droplets that make up a wave or tsunami.
“But they are all close — these races are all close. So it’s not like a presidential election where someone might get momentum ad get a great big vote. I don’t want people to think there’s a wave coming so that they don’t have to work very hard in every single district.”
Pelosi said that Trump and other Republican leaders frequently attack her because she supports labor, climate reform, the Affordable Care Act, and Wall Street reform.
“They come after me because I’m effective,” she said. “I’ve made some very powerful, rich enemies.”
Pelosi said that if Clinton would have won the election, she would have “happily gone home.”
“If Hillary had won and the Affordable Care Act was protected – I feel very proprietary about the Affordable Care Act. She’d be a woman in charge, the Affordable Care Act [would be] protected,” she said. “I could have happily gone home.
“Nobody in California gets Potomac Fever, believe me. So it’s not about wanting to be there. It’s just a question of, ‘Who can fight this man who’s in the White House? Who really knows the territory?’ None of us is indispensable, but some of us have more experience and confidence in how to get the job done.”