Republicans Weigh-In on Pelosi Becoming Speaker of the House
Jordan Kirkland - January 3rd, 2019
On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi made history, becoming the first woman to hold the gavel twice with a majority vote victory by the House of Representatives on the first day of the 116th Congress.
With a majority advantage in the House, Pelosi defeated Republican nominee Kevin McCarthy, winning 220 votes. As a result, McCarthy becomes the House minority leader.
As House Speaker, Pelosi will be in charge on an energized Democratic Party that took back the House during the midterm election. Naturally, she will look to face off against President Donald Trump.
In recent weeks, Democrats have been in an intense battle with the president over the border wall and subsequent government shutdown.
Following her win, Pelosi, flanked by a schoolhouse of kids, took her oath, becoming the first woman to ever hold the position twice.
During her address, Pelosi laid out her agenda, claiming that she would not hand Trump any new money for his border wall and refusing to rule out impeachment proceedings against the president.
Addressing the new Congress, which began its first session at noon on Thursday, Speaker Pelosi also pledged to reach across the aisle to Republican lawmakers, expressing hope that the new Democratic majority she will lead can find “common ground” with Republicans.
“I respect you and the constituents who sent each and every one of us here,” she said after she was introduced by Minority Leader McCarthy.
“They expect and deserve for us to try to find our common ground, and we must try to do that. Stand our ground where we can’t but always extend the hand of friendship,” Pelosi proclaimed.
Following her address, President Trump made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room, congratulating Pelosi on her monumental win.
While Trump is looking forward to working with Pelosi, many prominent Republicans took the opportunity to go after Pelosi's record.
U.S Representative and Trump ally, Matt Gaetz, took to Twitter to throw a few jabs at the newly elected House Speaker.
U.S. Representative Liz Cheney (WY-R) also chimed in, focusing on Pelosi and the need for border security.
"In my experience, powerful women ought to be concerned with the security of the nation," Cheney told Fox News in response to Pelosi's comments about Trump.
Pelosi is naturally a target for many on the right. Her win, however, was not without dissent. While she has spent the majority of her career as the party's figurehead -- serving as House Speaker from 2007-2011 -- many Democrats wanted to go a different route. Following the midterms, Pelosi spent weeks putting down a rebellion over her leadership in Democratic ranks.
Pelosi will have her plate full in 2019. With Trump dead set on building a wall, the new House Speaker will have to find a way to work with the president if she wants to be successful.