Jan 6, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Pelosi: Jan 6. was "as if somebody in the White House dropped a bomb on Congress"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was “as if somebody in the White House dropped a bomb” on Congress, according to excerpts of an NBC interview that will air later Thursday.

Why it matters: Pelosi has been unsparing in her criticism of former President Trump, indicating last month that she blamed him for the Capitol insurrection and saying she would "never forgive" him.

  • President Biden echoed much of her previous sentiments in a speech marking the first anniversary of the attack, where he squarely blamed Trump for the deadly riot.
  • The house Speaker praised Biden's remarks, adding that it was "a wake-up call to some in our country of how close we came to catastrophe for our democracy that day."

What they're saying: “The visuals of what was happening outside the Capitol ... it breaks your heart,” Pelosi told “NBC’s Nightly News.”

  • The "thing that is unforgivable about January 6th is the traumatic impact that it had on the people who serve our country," she continued.
  • Asked if Trump should be allowed to hold office again, Pelosi said, "there's absolutely no way he should be allowed into the White House under any circumstances."
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