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Throw a Punch for the Children

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday night after officially sending the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate.

A lot has been said about Speaker Pelosi, but even her most harshest critics begrudgingly respect Speaker Pelosi for her ability to play Trump like a fiddle. In the season 18 premiere of Real Time, Pelosi was greeted as a rock star. She took questions on a whole host of issues and got props from Maher and his audience for her resiliency and perseverance she demonstrated in her current role as Speaker.

Maher also discussed with Pelosi on her reputation in the Democratic Party. “A lot of your accomplishments, instead of standing shoulder to shoulder with you and saying this is the person who saved the country, helped Obama from going into a depression by passing the stimulus, saved the automobile industry, got Dodd-Frank passed, and got health care, got Obama care passed, you’re kind of our Iron Lady here on the left,” Maher said to raucous applause. “I feel like the Democratic Party very often is the victim of their own purity tests.”

“Oh, I don’t worry about that,” Pelosi said of how younger members of the Democratic Party view her. “But in terms of me because I’m in the arena, you go in there, you go in, you have to be ready to take a punch, and you have to be ready to throw a punch, for the children.” “Love the children,” Maher said as the audience laughed. This got one of the biggest laughs for the night.

“What I am concerned about for the children is the future of this country and we have to have our common ground a mainstream message,” she said. “Now in [the most] recent election, we won, we showed in the House we know how to win, disciplined, focused, cold-blooded in terms of just winning.”

Here you can watch her full interview.