December 5, 2022

SPEAKER OUT: Nancy Pelosi’s best, most badass, defining moments

SPEAKER OUT: Nancy Pelosi's best, most badass, defining moments

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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.

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January 16, 2019: The Speaker Cancels Trump

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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).

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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…

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Farewell, Nancy!

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