Book: Pelosi Considered Retirement Before Trump Election (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
By Nick Koutsobinas | Friday, 09 April 2021 05:21 PM
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., decided to run for one more term in office in 2016 after former President Donald Trump won the 2016 election, a new book claims.
"Unknown to most, she had been seriously contemplating retirement in 2016 when the unexpected election of Trump changed her mind," USA Today's Susan Page writes in her biography about Pelosi, "Madam Speaker, Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power."
Page describes how the 81-year-old 18-term congresswoman was distrustful of then President-elect Donald Trump.
"She saw him as unfit for the White House," Page wrote. "Now she would emerge as his most persistent Democratic foil on Capitol Hill and across the country. By midnight Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi knew that she wasn't going anywhere. The election she thought would be the end of her career became instead the beginning of its most consequential chapter."
One passage claims how Pelosi called Trump after he won the election, and how she tried to begin a discussion by mentioning their shared interest in infrastructure projects.
Trump responded with, "We'll get some good things done."
Trump ended their call citing how he was a former donor to her. "Don't forget, I was a supporter of yours," the book claimed.
Pelosi described Trump winning the election to Page as "stunningly scary."
"I was like, 'How could it be that person is going to be president of the United States?' … That was saddening, but the election of Donald Trump was stunningly scary, and it was justified to be scared," Page quotes Pelosi as saying. "How could they elect such a person — who talked that way about women, who was so crude and … to me, creepy."