Pelosi Finally Confesses, Americans Shocked

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – During the unrest at Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, acknowledged her oversight regarding security preparations. In a statement recorded on that turbulent day, as she was being transported to Fort McNair for safety, Pelosi admitted, “I take responsibility.”

This revelation came from a 42-second clip recorded by Pelosi’s daughter, Alexandra Pelosi, a documentarian, which was part of a 45-minute footage captured during the events. Although this particular segment was not disclosed by the House select committee in charge of the January 6 investigation, it was later released to the public by HBO following a request from the House Oversight Committee, as reported by Politico.

In the recording, Pelosi is heard discussing with her chief of staff, Terri McCullough, the presence—or lack thereof—of the National Guard. She questioned, “You’re going to ask me, in the middle of the thing when they’ve already breached the inaugural stuff, ‘Should we call … the National Guard?'” She further critiqued the initial absence of the Guard, asserting her own responsibility for not demanding a higher level of readiness.

The release of this footage comes amidst a broader debate on the handling of the National Guard’s deployment. While Pelosi and other Democrats have criticized then-President Donald Trump for his failure to dispatch the National Guard promptly, a report by House Republicans in December 2022 suggested that Democratic leaders, including Pelosi, prioritized the “optics” following the Black Lives Matter protests over the security enhancements necessary for January 6. This assertion was supported by testimonies from senior Army officials who felt restricted in their response to the riots due to concerns over the “optics” of deploying the Guard.

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