Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report

Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNew Mexico Democrat Stansbury sworn into Haaland's old seat Greene apologizes for comparing vaccine rules to Holocaust Overnight Health Care: Biden pleads for more people to get vaccinated | Harris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety | Novavax COVID-19 vaccine shown highly effective in trial MORE (D-Calif.) was planning on retiring from public life until former President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE won the 2016 election, according to USA Today.

After three decades as a congresswoman from California, nearly half of that time as the leader of the House Democrats, Pelosi said she was getting ready to take a breath, dote on her nine grandchildren, perhaps write her memoirs,” Susan Page of USA Today writes in her upcoming book “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power.”

The book consists of 10 interviews with Pelosi and 150 interviews from political friends and foes and family members close to her.


The book details Pelosi’s confidence that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison Monica Lewinsky signs production deal with 20th TV Police investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide MORE would win the 2016 election.

Pelosi’s plans were to retire from her long tenure in office after Clinton became president, as she would be confident her policies would be protected by the new commander in chief.

Pelosi told Page that the shock she felt when Trump won the presidency “was physical; it was actually physical." 

Even though she did have plans to retire if Clinton won, some of those closest to her doubted that she would go through with it. 

Pelosi was the highest-ranking woman the history of the U.S. government until Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour Kamala Harris is still not ready for primetime (much less 2024) Lara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' MORE was inaugurated as the vice president in January.

It is not clear if Pelosi has any plans to retire soon.