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Pelosi says she would have put up a fight against Capitol mob: 'I'm a street fighter'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says in a new interview that she would have put up a fight had she encountered rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

"Well, I'm pretty tough. I'm a street fighter," Pelosi told USA Today while acknowledging that some rioters intended to harm her. "They would have had a battle on their hands."

Pelosi joked that she had a weapon on her in the form of her stilettos.

"I would have had these," she said while lifting up her foot, according to USA Today.

Pelosi, along with former Vice President Mike Pence, was one of the main targets of rioters who stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6 as Congress met to certify the election results.

During the incident, rioters broke into the Speaker's office, destroying and stealing various items in the process.

Pelosi told USA Today that rioters were "setting out" to hurt her if security had not quickly evacuated her from the House chamber.

A Missouri man pictured holding a broken piece of her nameplate is among those who have been charged over their roles in the breach.

Pelosi has referred to the Capitol riot as one of the hardest moments of her career.

"It was a very difficult moment for us in the Capitol and those who care about our democracy ... that people would descend on the Capitol, incite insurrection to overturn the process," Pelosi said earlier this month, comparing it to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

She continued, "That people would use violence upon the Capitol, even out to kill, really, members of Congress and the vice president of the United States was just so very hard."

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