House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on the day of the uprising, Jan. 6, 2021, that she would “strike [then-President Trump] out” if he came to the Capitol after his rally at the Ellipse.
CNN aired footage shot by filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, the speaker’s daughter, on “Anderson Cooper 360” on Thursday showing how several congressional leaders reacted to the day’s events.
Recordings showed Pelosi telling her staff as Trump spoke at the Ellipse rally that preceded the Capitol riot that Trump should not come to the Capitol as Congress prepared to confirm President Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
“If he comes, I’ll knock him out,” Pelosi said. “I’ve been waiting for this, for trespassing on the Capitol grounds. I’ll knock him out and I’ll go to jail and I’ll be happy.”
The House committee investigating the attack released some clips of the footage at its hearing Thursday, but CNN aired a more expansive version of the footage.
At one point, a staffer tells Pelosi that the Secret Service told Trump they don’t have the resources to protect him at the Capitol, so he appeared not to be coming.
“Tell him if he comes here, we’re going to the White House,” Pelosi said after Trump told attendees of his rally to go to the Capitol and that he would join them.