Nancy Pelosi, the staunch opponent of Donald Trump, resigns from the Democratic leadership in the House

With 82 years in tow, and the endorsement of being the first woman to hold the position as president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi announced that she will not continue to lead the Democrats in this chamber, but will continue to occupy a seat within the same organism. New York representative Hakeem Jeffries is emerging as Pelosi’s replacement in the next period of Republican majority.

One day after the Republican Party obtained a slight majority in the House of Representatives after four years, Nancy Pelosi announced that she will not seek re-election to lead the Democrats in Congress, a position she had held as majority leader until now. of this party in the US House of Representatives.

“With great confidence in our caucus (system for the election of delegates by the party), I will not seek re-election to the Democratic leadership in the next Congress. For me, the time has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I respect so much, and I am grateful that so many are ready and willing to take on this incredible responsibility,” said Nancy Pelosi during a speech at the House of Representatives.

Pelosi, 82 years old and the daughter of a representative to the House, became in 2007 the first woman to hold the position of speaker within the Lower House. Despite her announcement, the top House Democratic lawmaker in nearly 20 years, she made it clear that she will continue to serve in Congress to represent her constituents from the state of California.

“American democracy is majestic, but it is fragile. Many of us here have witnessed firsthand that fragility in a tragic way in this House. Therefore, democracy must be defended, from the forces that wish to harm it, forever,” Pelosi added.

Nancy Pelosi, who is she and why her notoriety in American politics?

Born on March 26, 1940, the granddaughter of Italian immigrants, Pelosi grew up in Baltimore where her father, Thomas D’Alesandro, was mayor and congressman while educating her in what defined “retail politics,” which is why from a very young age she supported the ‘New Deal’ by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Since her arrival in politics, Pelosi has shown a partisan character in her objectives, which is why she led the Democrats for two decades in the lower house. However, he has had a cool head to support Republican initiatives such as his work with President George W. Bush at the time, despite his opposition to the war in Iraq, or the aid offered by Donald Trump after the Covid-19 pandemic. 19.

In 2007, when the Democrats recaptured the House, her party elected her as its president. Being the first woman to hold the highest position in US politics, until the arrival of Kamala Harris to the vice presidency, she played a key role in the approval of the health care reforms proposed by the then president of the country Barack Obama.

However, it was during the tenure of Donald Trump and after the return of the Democrats to a majority in the House of Representatives in 2018 when the Democratic lady consolidated her leadership position at the head of the party in a second term as Speaker of the Lower House. .


At that time, Pelosi took considerable time to gather the elements that allowed her to bring then-President Donald Trump to an initial impeachment process on the presumption that, along with other government officials, he had pressured Ukrainian leaders. to investigate Joe Biden, then a presidential candidate, and his son for the latter’s business activities.

On the other hand, he carried out a second impeachment process against former President Trump for his presumption of “incitement to insurrection” after the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in which a mob of followers of the then Republican president attacked Pelosi’s offices.

With Trump in power, he left iconic moments for Americans such as the one that occurred during the President’s Union Address in February 2020 and in which he was seen tearing up a copy of the speech.

After the fact, Pelosi indicated that her intention “was never to tear up the copy of the speech” but that she did so because she could not find a page where Trump “did not lie.”

“Last night we watched the President of the United States smash the truth in front of us. Break the truth I tried to find a page that did not contain a lie and I began to stack my papers in a way that they could be torn up,” Pelosi said after what happened in a private meeting according to Reuters.

California House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tears up her copy of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 4. of 2020.

California House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tears up her copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 4. of 2020. AP – Alex Brandon

Her strong stance at those particular moments, in addition to her opposition to Trump in some of his proposals, led her to become one of the most visible women in Washington DC. Likewise, she was the most influential face of the Democratic Party until the arrival of Joe Biden to the presidency.

Who could succeed Pelosi after her announcement?

After Nanci Pelosi’s statement, Steny Hoyer, representative for the fifth district of Maryland, announced that he will remain in Congress next year. She, however, will not seek the position of leader within the Democratic Party.

On the other hand, Hoyer offered his support to Hakeem Jeffries, legislator for the state of New York, to assume the position.

“I look forward to serving as a resource to him, the rest of our Democratic leadership team, and our entire caucus in any area that I can help as we move together to address the nation’s challenges,” Hoyer wrote in a statement.

Endorsing Jeffries, who currently chairs the House Democratic Caucus, would see him escalate several rungs to leadership positions within the Democratic Party. His promotion, if confirmed, will come just as Republicans take control of the House next January.

With Reuters, AP, AFP and local media