Pelosi Claims Republicans Attacking Her Are Really Attacking San Francisco

By Gage Cohen | June 22, 2017 | 6:53 PM EDT


( - During her weekly press briefing on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Republican attacks on her are really about attacking her district encompassing the city of San Francisco.

A reporter asked how the minority leader would respond to President Trump’s latest tweet attacking her, as well as “Republicans who believe that you are actually helpful to them in some of these races.”

“It’s not about me necessarily. They like to target my district, the city of St. Francis,” replied Pelosi. “The song of St. Francis is the anthem of our city. ‘Make me an instrument of their, thy peace where there’s darkness may I bring light, hatred, love, fear, hope.’ You know the song of St. Francis I’m sure. It’s a classic, beyond religion, but just in terms of the value statement.”

Pelosi suggested that Republicans do not like the city’s progressive values.

“I’m very proud to represent San Francisco in the Congress,” affirmed Pelosi. “And for a long time now, since I was elected whip and leader, it was always about ‘do you support gay marriage? Do you support this?’ Yes I do, and I’m proud to do so. So that’s what they play off of. It’d be interesting to see if, what’d they say if I was from some other place.”

Pelosi went on to condemn Republicans who attack San Francisco.

“But I take their insult against my city as a bankruptcy of values on their part not to recognize the greatness of the city I represent,” she said.

During Thursday’s press briefing, Pelosi took several questions about her future in the role of minority leader for the Democrats.

In addition to mentioning her district, she stated that the attacks on her were due to her effectiveness and her abilities as a “master legislator” and “strategic, politically astute leader.”

Pelosi made it clear that she had no plans to step down from her post.