Pelosi: In 2024, ‘nothing less is at stake than our democracy’

Former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned about the importance of the upcoming presidential election, saying that another four years under a Trump administration would mean disaster for the country.

“I think nothing less is at stake than our democracy in this election,” Pelosi said in a CNN interview Wednesday. “You hear that in the country. You hear that globally. And we have to remove all doubt that our democracy is strong.”

“We have to prove through the night, with the certainty of this election, that our flag is still there, with liberty and justice for all as we pledge every day,” she continued, drawing on the national anthem.

The speaker emerita said that while she doesn’t think former President Trump would win in an election against President Biden, if he did, it would be a “nightmare scenario.”

Pelosi has long warned against another Trump term and been one of his most vocal opponents in Washington. She led Democrats’ efforts to impeach the former president twice and helped strategize for the 2022 election cycle, which saw the party lose only nine House seats — a fraction of the expected amount.

Speaking on a planned impeachment inquiry against President Biden, CNN’s Anderson Cooper referred to a quote from Trump where he said he would “have no choice” but to “lock up” political opponents if he is elected.

“What you’re describing is a … criminal enterprise,” Pelosi said. “He was engaged in one before.”

Pelosi called the impeachment inquiry against Biden baseless, and said she believes Trump is influencing House Republicans to push for it, saying that he and the efforts are “connected.”

“They have nothing,” she said, referring to evidence against Biden.

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