On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi, the first and only female Speaker of the House, announced that she will be stepping down from her role in the Democratic leadership.
While she’ll certainly be honored for her legislative accomplishments, she’ll also be remembered for her beautiful, near-preternatural ability to slyly tweak Republicans – and their deranged orange-skinned buffoon in particular.
Below are some of her best moments, along with some reactions.
December 11, 2018: The Glasses
Dirty Donald decided to have Chuck and Nancy over to discuss his border wall. Shock of all shocks, he didn’t get very far (and wouldn’t the rest of his presidency either). As they exited the meeting, Pelosi showed her nonchalance at all of Trump’s huffing and puffing by casually donning her sunglasses. She quickly became a style icon.
— Carmen (@CarmeninSD) December 12, 2018
— Paige Osborn (@firebug2006) December 12, 2018
January 16, 2019: The Speaker Cancels Trump
After Trump failed to get funding from Schumer and Pelosi for his hateful southern border wall, he orchestrated a shutdown of the government. And then Pelosi shut him down, refusing to allow him to use the House of Representatives for his State of the Union Address. And we all know Trump loves being on TV! Eventually, he caved (leading to our next great moment).
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 23, 2019
February 5, 2019: The Clap
While later the Speaker said that she hadn’t meant this now famous clap to be sarcastic, it certainly appeared so, and Twitter had a field day with it. Perhaps she just wasn’t able to hide her contempt for the man-child in front of her.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 6, 2019
TONIGHT: The State of Nancy Pelosi’s sarcastic clap game is strong 🙌 pic.twitter.com/hnlLymOJMR
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 7, 2019
October 16, 2019: The Photo
At a meeting about Syria with Trump and members of his cabinet in October of 2019, Pelosi stood up to Trump, asking him why “all roads lead to Putin” with him. The meeting went so poorly that Pelosi and her fellow Dems eventually stormed out. An angry Trump tweeted out a picture of the meeting with the caption “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!”
But Pelosi stuck it right back to him, taking the photo and making it for her Twitter background for a while. Because she and others saw it for what it was: not an unhinged moment, but a strong woman standing up to a deranged president and his sycophants.
NERVOUS NANCY’S UNHINGED MELTDOWN! pic.twitter.com/fJZJcJABe7
— Charles Gaba (Had a blue check pre-11/07/22) (@charles_gaba) October 17, 2019
February 4, 2020: The Rip
After Dirty Donald neglected to shake Pelosi’s hand prior to his State of the Union address in 2020, she sat quietly and tolerantly listening to all of his blather. But at the end of the speech, she committed a gesture that will forever be remembered, picking up her copy of his speech and tearing it in half for all to see.
I’ll retweet this video of Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping a copy of Trump’s State of the Union speech till the end of my days.
— Angie D’Ambrosio (@angiedam2) November 17, 2022
January 6, 2021: The Italian Stallion
Not only did Pelosi remain calm during the January 6 attack while others were hyperventilating, but if Trump was trying to intimidate her, it had quite the opposite effect. She expressed a sentiment practically everyone who is not an Oath Keeper can agree with:
Speaker Pelosi when she heard Trump might come to the Capitol on January 6: “I’m gonna punch him out, I’m gonna go to jail, and I’m gonna be happy.” https://t.co/fYyycveHpL
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) October 14, 2022
November 18, 2021: Is Kevin OK?
While the House has no filibuster like the Senate, its rules do allow for certain people – the speaker, the House majority leader, and the minority leader to speak without interruption. Kevin McCarthy decided to use this privilege to delay the Build Back Better legislation, as his speech stretched over a two-day period. After hearing his babbling nonsense for hours on end, Pelosi issued a press release entitled “Is Kevin McCarthy OK?” She also allowed other members to mercilessly rip him. And they did.
Pelosi's latest press release: "Is Kevin McCarthy OK?" pic.twitter.com/vgRCxiL4wU
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) November 19, 2021
Our children's children will have children by the time this speech is over.
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@RepMarkPocan) November 19, 2021
We are hearing rumors that the front row of GOP hostages behind Kevin McCarthy are asking whether they can just be censured instead.
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) November 19, 2021
October 23, 2022: Not Man Enough
When asked about Donald Trump testifying before the January 6 committee, Pelosi went right for the tiny-handed man’s ego: “I don’t think he’s man enough to show up,” she told Jonathan Capehart of MSNBC.
In her announcement about stepping down, Pelosi made sure to mention that she loved working with three presidents: Bush, Obama, and Biden. Gee…wonder who was left out…
lol can you tell which president Pelosi didn't mention here? pic.twitter.com/P23HMbTXKz
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 17, 2022
Shade by Omission: Speaker Pelosi says that she's enjoyed working with 3 Presidents on major initiatives, and she lists Presidents Bush, Obama, and Biden. 🤣🤣🤣
— BrooklynDad_Defiant!☮️ (@mmpadellan) November 17, 2022
— ♀️🏳️🌈Maxie Mama🏳️🌈♀️ (@MaxieMama1) November 18, 2022
Add this your file marked POS.
Kevin McCarthy wasn’t man enough to attend Pelosi’s farewell speech today.
And BTW Kevin… if you’re looking for your cojones , Nancy has them in her purse.
— Susan RESISTS (@wakeupsisters) November 17, 2022
BREAKING: Nancy Pelosi announces she will not seek the top Democratic House leader position — leaving behind a staggering legacy as the first woman Speaker, a driving force behind the Affordable Care Act, and the leader of the Trump resistance. RT TO THANK HER FOR HER SERVICE!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) November 17, 2022
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