Pelosi: My following in this country is unsurpassed by anybody

Pelosi: My following in this country is unsurpassed by anybody

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSupreme Court expands religious rights with trio of rulings Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits Democrats see victory in Trump culture war MORE (D-Calif.) hit back on Thursday at speculation that her leadership position was in danger, saying that her following in the U.S. is "unsurpassed by anybody."

“I can take the heat and that’s why I stay in the kitchen,” Pelosi told the Associated Press. “I have a following in the country that’s unsurpassed by anybody, unless they’re running for president.”  

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Pelosi faces unprecedented opposition to her position in Democratic leadership, with Republicans and President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE attempting to position her as a villain and with dozens of Democrats lining up to oppose her quest for Speaker if the party wins back control of the House in this year's midterms. 

Pelosi repeatedly has insisted that she believes Democrats will retake the House and that she intends to be her party’s leader when that happens.

But an NBC News report earlier this month tallied 57 Democratic House candidates — including 11 incumbents — who said they would not support Pelosi's speakership.

Other Democrats have expressed interest in the House’s top job.

House Minority Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerMexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump Amy Kennedy wins NJ primary to face GOP's Van Drew House Democrat calls for 'real adult discussion' on lawmaker pay MORE (D-Md.) is reportedly eyeing the role and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) has said that he will run for the speakership if Pelosi fails to garner necessary support.

Some younger lawmakers have mused whether the party would do well to seek fresh leadership. Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats see victory in Trump culture war House Democrat calls for 'real adult discussion' on lawmaker pay The Hill's Coronavirus Report: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Artistic Director Tim Seelig says choirs are dangerous; Pence says, 'We have saved lives' MORE (D-Ohio), 45, who challenged Pelosi in 2016, has not ruled out another run, the AP reported.

Still, Pelosi appears undaunted, according to AP. 

“It’s immodest of me to say, but I say to women now, ‘Just go for it.’ Tell them why you think you’re the best person to do this job,” she told the news outlet. “I want to be an example to them, just to say, ‘Don’t run away from a fight.’ If you think you’re the one that should be there, you make the fight.”