In an interview with Rolling Stone, Nancy Pelosi addressed critics who feel like she should step aside and be replaced. By ‘addressed’ we mean she called them all sexists. “Have you ever been tempted to step away?” asked the interviewer.
“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. I could have happily gone home,” claimed Pelosi.
“And I can’t even think that they [her prospective male challengers] think it’s a good idea to say, ‘We have the first woman speaker, and now we’re going to say, ‘We’re not going to do that’’ I mean, no. No,” said Pelosi.
“I think some of it is a little bit on the sexist side – although I wouldn’t normally say that. Except it’s like, really? Has anyone asked whatshisname, the one who’s the head of Senate?” asked Pelosi. An aide then had to whisper to her that she was talking about McConnell.
“McConnell. I mean he’s got the lowest numbers of anybody in the world. Have you ever gone up to him and said, “How much longer do you think you’ll stay in this job?” Nobody ever went up to Harry Reid and said that. Nobody ever says that to anybody except a woman. But it’s a thing. And you know what? You get the upside and the downside of it. The one thing I want women to know is that you don’t walk away from a fight,” said Pelosi.