Pelosi: I Am "Master Legislator," "Astute Leader"; "Decision How Long I Stay Is Not Up To Them"


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fires back at those Democrats calling for her to resign. Following Democrat Jon Ossoff's loss this week in the race to fill the Congressional seat vacated by HHS Dept. head Tom Price, many Democrats cast blame on Party leaders like Pelosi. Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for her minority leader position last year, said Pelosi is "toxic" to Democratic candidates and that the party would lose in 2018 if Republicans could make the House minority leader its face. Pelosi disagrees, singing er own praises as a "master legislator" and "astute leader" who is "worth the trouble."

"My decision about how long I stay is not up to them," Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday morning. "I love the arena. I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion."

"You want me to sing my praises, is that it?" she added. "I’m a master legislator. I’m a strategic, politically astute leader."

Pelosi added that Republicans always attack "the most effective" leaders in the Democratic PArty and that her experience makes her "worth the trouble, quite frankly."

President Trump weighed in on the matter, saying: "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy [Pelosi] out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!"

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