House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTwo-thirds of Americans support banning lawmakers from trading stocks: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Voting rights week for Democrats (again) Watch: Lawmakers, activists, family members call for voting rights legislation on MLK day MORE (D-Calif.) told CBS's "60 Minutes" that the left flank of the House Democratic caucus represented by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLouisiana Democrat running for US Senate smokes marijuana in campaign ad Lawmakers coming under increased threats — sometimes from one another Maryland Democrat announces positive COVID-19 test MORE (D-N.Y.) is “like five people” in a Sunday interview.
Asked by Lesley Stahl about potential insurrections or pushback from the progressive wing of the party, Pelosi responded, “That’s like five people.” She also disputed that there was a distinction between herself and progressive Democrats, saying she herself identified as a progressive.
When Stahl asked for Pelosi’s thoughts on the left wing of the party pushing initiatives such as "Medicare for all," which Stahl said were “allowing the president to say you’re all socialists,” Pelosi noted the GOP made similar claims when former President Lyndon B. Johnson led the creation of Medicare in the 1960s.
“This is an ongoing theme of the Republicans,” Pelosi said. “However, I do reject socialism as an economic system. If people have that view, that's their view. That is not the view of the Democratic Party.”
“By and large, whatever orientation [House Democrats] came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center. That we have to go down the mainstream,” she told Stahl.
Can the Speaker of the House unify the Democratic party while getting pushback from the left and self-described democratic socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? https://t.co/f4VUYTYIdw pic.twitter.com/a9wOobPj5g— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 14, 2019
Pelosi also said she respected the office of the presidency too much to rule out any cooperation with President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE. “He's not worth the trouble of saying you're so horrible we can't work together. No, we need to work together,” Pelosi told Stahl, echoing earlier comments that Trump was “not worth” impeachment.
Asked by Stahl about earlier comments she made referring to Trump’s “assault on the Constitution,” Pelosi expressed confidence the country's system of government could outlast Trump. “Well, I think our future is strong enough — built on a strong foundation to withstand everything, including the current occupant of the White House. I don't think for two terms, though.”