Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, is seen in never-before-seen film on January 6, 2021, both before and after the Capitol was stormed. Pelosi once made it clear how she felt about former President Trump during his address at The Ellipse, in which he encouraged his followers to march on the Capitol and pledged to join them.
I hope he shows up. Pelosi declared, “I’m going to punch him out. This is my chance. I’ve been anticipating this. I’m going to punch him out for trespassing on the Capitol grounds, go to jail, and be joyful while I’m there.
Later video shows Pelosi huddling with other lawmakers and acting defense secretary Christophe Miller, who was chosen to fill the role after Trump lost the election. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is seated next to Pelosi. McCarthy later claimed falsely that Pelosi was to blame for the lack of security at the Capitol that day, but Miller was the one who had taken away the D.C. National Guard commander’s authority to send in troops just two days before the uprising. Any troop deployment required Miller’s approval. In the video, Pelosi can be heard pleading with Miller to give the National Guard permission to protect the Capitol.
“Just pretend for a moment it was The Pentagon or the White House or some other entity that was under siege,” Pelosi said to Miller. “You can logistically get people there as you make the plan, and you have some leadership of the National Guard there, they have not been given the authority to activate.”
DONALD TRUMP: We’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down to the Capitol.
NANCY PELOSI: Tell him if he comes here, we’re going to the White House.
KYLIE MAR: Following what may be the last January 6 committee hearing on Thursday, CNN aired previously unseen footage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from that day as former President Trump spoke at the Ellipse, telling his supporters to march on the Capitol. Trump reportedly wanted to go to the Capitol along with his supporters but was stopped by the Secret Service. And Pelosi made no secret about what she would have liked to do had he shown up.
TERRI MCCULLOUGH: They told him they don’t have the resources to protect him here. So at the moment, he is not coming, but that could change.
NANCY PELOSI: I hope he comes. I’m gonna punch him out. This is my moment.
TERRI MCCULLOUGH: I would pay to see that.
NANCY PELOSI: I’ve been waiting for this. For trespassing on the Capitol grounds, I want to punch him out and I’m gonna go to jail, and I’m gonna be happy.
KYLIE MAR: Like all members of Congress, Pelosi soon found herself and her staff rushing to safety from the insurrectionists who had begun storming the Capitol. In the previously unseen footage, Pelosi is seen huddled with other members of Congress, including Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who would go on to falsely blame Pelosi for the lack of security at the Capitol that day. Pelosi is seen urging the acting Secretary of Defense to send in the National Guard.
NANCY PELOSI: Just pretend for a moment it was The Pentagon or the White House or some other entity that was under siege. You can logistically get people there as you make the plan. And you have the leadership of the National Guard there. They have not been given the authority to activate.