House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pitied House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wi., and his predecessor John Boehner, R-Ohio, whenever they encountered difficulties in the high-profile leadership role, according to a new interview published Sunday.
“No,” Pelosi told the Washington Post when asked whether she felt any sympathy when her GOP congressional colleagues struggled in the job she held from 2007 to 2011.
“Pity," she clarified.
Ryan has been the highest ranked member of the House since Boehner's retirement in 2015. Boehner was elevated to the position after the Democrats lost their majority in the House in the 2010 mid-term cycle.
Pelosi said her plan to undermine President Trump's legislative agenda and gain seats in the lower chamber in 2018 turned on "money, message and mobilization," adding she raised $38.9 million at 165 fundraising events in 35 cities in the three months that ended in September.
The California Democrat also said her strategy included working with Republican governors like Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, as well as Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an Independent.
While Pelosi joked her nicknames for Trump were “Rock Bottom” and “Difficult Circumstances,” she said she was "respectful" of his base.
“I am respectful of the people that voted for him,” she said. “They are way down the road with me already because they vote.”