‘We will win. We own the ground, we’re not yielding one grain of sand…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said there will absolutely be a blue wave on Nov. 6, and left no room for the possibility of a GOP victory.
In an interview with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show,” Pelosi said: “Well let me say this, up until today, I would’ve said ‘If the election were held today, we would win.’ Now I’m saying, ‘We will win. We will win. We will win.’”
Colbert responded by reminding Pelosi of Hillary’s loss.
“Please don’t say that,” he said. “Do you want to say that on Hillary’s fireworks barge that she cancelled? Please, please, please don’t say that.”
“We will win. We own the ground, we’re not yielding one grain of sand,” Pelosi continued.
Pelosi said that as Democratic candidates “walk the precincts” throughout the country, Democratic enthusiasm is at an all time high. She said Democrats will undoubtedly carry the House, and if there’s a “bigger victory, the Senate and the governorships.”
“It’s going to be a great night for America,” Pelosi said.
Colbert warned Pelosi against jumping to conclusions and reminded her of what happened when Democrats claimed an early victory in 2016.
“I feel like I should sacrifice a goat or something to take the hex off of what you just said,” he said.
Pelosi said Democrats are energized for the election because “it’s about unifying our country.”
“I think it’s time to heal,” she said.
She said that if Democrats win big the way she expects them to, the “temperature of political discourse” will decrease and there will be less tension in Washington, D.C.
“When we do win, we will, as the new Congress, honor the values of our Founders. ‘E pluribus unum’ — from many one,” Pelosi said. “They didn’t know how many we would be or how different we would be from each other, but they did know that we would have to strive for oneness. It’s okay to disagree and have a marketplace of ideas — that’s exciting. But it is also important to find solutions that unify and not divide. And that’s what makes a big difference between Democrats and what’s in the White House right now.”
Colbert asked Pelosi about President Trump’s recent comments on birthright citizenship and his desire to revoke the system by executive order. Pelosi said his rhetoric isn’t surprising.
“This is just more of the same of what he’s been saying,” she said. “Taking babies out of the arms of their moms, putting them in cages, warning about a caravan that’s over 1,000 miles away, putting troops on the border than people that will ever reach our border in the caravan — so it’s just more of that. But what he was saying today has no relationship to what his authority is, but that of course is not unusual.”
Pelosi, who has been the figure of Republican contempt for several years, said she doesn’t care what the GOP says about her.
She said “being a San Francisco liberal is something I’m very, very proud of.”
“I don’t really have much to say to them. [They come after me] because they don’t really have anything to offer,” she said. “And I say this with great immodesty — I think self-promotion is a terrible thing, but sometimes you have to do it, and that’s just the way it is: They come after me because I’m a very effective legislator. And they come after me for being a big fundraiser who is working to reduce the role of money in politics, and I know how to do that.”
“There’s a big difference between the president and me,” Pelosi continued. “He has very think skin and I have very thick skin.”