Transcript of Pelosi Interview on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber

Nov 2, 2020
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Ari Melber of MSNBC’s The Beat to discuss news of the day.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:  
 
Ari Melber.  On this final day of voting, I'm thrilled to tell you we're joined by the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.  Thank you for being here.  
 
Speaker Pelosi.  I would say my pleasure, except we've topped over 230,000 people who have died of the coronavirus so far.  And that's what the President is trying to change the subject from to talk about people voting in their cars and the rest, rather than talking about people dying from his miserable failure when it comes to addressing a pandemic in our country.  
 
Ari Melber.  Well, Madam Speaker, I suppose that goes to the first question, which is what do you see as the stakes tomorrow?  
 
Speaker Pelosi.  The stakes?  Oh, our democracy is at stake.  That's what is at stake tomorrow.  And, again, I believe in the American people.  I want them all to vote, however they vote, but I want their vote to be respected.  And it should be respected by the President of the United States, first and foremost, but we have no reason to think that that will be the case.  
 
But, again, we feel confident.  We – I was on the phone, of course, constantly with my – with the candidates, both incumbents who are running and candidates in our Red to Blue and there is a great deal of confidence on the ground.  So, I feel confident that we will win the House, it's very possible we will win the Senate and on January 20th, Joe Biden will be inaugurated President of the United States.  
 
Ari Melber.  A confident stance.  Madam Speaker, you're a leader of your whole party, you're a leader of the entire House.  But you also, as I think you know, are seen as a big leader and barrier-breaker for women in politics, rightly so.  
 
Speaker Pelosi.  Right.  
 
Ari Melber.  So, I did want to ask you about something, again, I’ve mentioned this to viewers.  We're learning more than we usually know earlier with this record-breaking vote.  So, we're seeing women outnumbering men here in what is now 90-plus million votes, 56 percent of them are women or 46 million total compared to 38 million for men.  I just wanted to get your reaction on that potentially record-breaking number if it continues into tomorrow.  
 
Speaker Pelosi.  Well, I’ve always said that women are very smart voters, and women of color especially very smart voters.  But I do think that they're exercising great judgment.  They care about our country's future.  That's all about the children and anyone who sees the performance of the President, whether it's degrading the air that our children breathe, undermining the education they receive, assault on the economic security of their families, opposition to protecting them from gun violence.  The list goes on and on.  
 
So, women make judgments based on what it means to them in their lives and they see very clearly that Joe Biden's – Joe Biden's vision for our country, his knowledge of the issues, his connection to people and their concerns is something that is making a difference in this election, hence so many women voting and so many women voting for Joe Biden.  
 
Ari Melber.  Yeah, and it's really striking because we know in general and from last time, women voters, more skeptical of Donald Trump.  So, if those numbers continue, that could have a huge impact tomorrow.  We're all waiting on that.  
 
We did put something together looking at the way that you, as mentioned, as the top Democrat in the government have dealt with this very unusual President.  There have been Trump-Pelosi clashes.  Let's take a brief look. 
 
Donald Trump.  I think Nancy Pelosi is doing a terrible disservice to the people of our country… 
 
Speaker Pelosi.  Mr. President, please don't characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting…
 
Speaker Pelosi.  I don't hate anyone and always pray for the President… 
 
President Trump.  God bless America.  Thank you very much… 
 
Reporter.  What did you think of Trump's speech tonight?
 
Speaker Pelosi.  I tore it up… 
 
President Trump.  Nancy is a mess.  The Democratic Party is a mess… 
 
Speaker Pelosi.  The President is afraid of the American people.  He knows that on the legit it would be hard for him to win. 
 
Ari Melber.  Here we are, Election Eve.  Do you see him as the most challenging, as the least legitimate of any president you've had to deal with?  And what do you say to voters who are watching this, and you heard it, it may not be true, but you've heard some people say, ‘Gosh, I don't know the difference.  I haven't paid attention.  What's the difference between all these options and parties?’
 
Speaker Pelosi.  Well, first, let me just say that this President, of all the presidents I've seen and studied in American history, is the most insecure.  He knows he can't win by letting the people speak their voices, so he's trying to disrupt the election.  We are concerned about foreign powers coming in and undermining the integrity of our elections.  He is undermining the integrity of our elections himself.  And why?  Because he's a very insecure person.  That's why he takes cheap shots at everyone.  He's really projecting his own weaknesses, and he recognizes them because he has them.  But let's forget about him. 
 
Let's talk about the future.  Let's talk about what this election is about.  Elections are always about the future, about how we make the future better for our children, and when he talks about who loves America, who loves America.  Who loves our land from sea to shining sea and wants to protect it.  Not Donald Trump.  Who loves America?  By and large, a nation of immigrants, the beautiful and constant reinvigoration of America of newcomers to our country, who denigrates them?  Donald Trump.  Who loves our Constitution and all of the rights contained therein and the beautiful genius of the separation of powers?  Not Donald Trump.  He undermines our Constitution.  And who loves our values as a country, a beacon of hope to the world?  Not a president who is taking babies out of the arms of their parents without any thought of sending them home.  That's not who we are as a country.
 
So, this election has a clear, clear contrast and a person so completely different, so confidence in his beliefs in our country, so connected to the concerns, hopes and dreams of the American people, so authentic about what he stands for, and that is Joe Biden.  So, it's going to be a great day for our country.  We will contend with the President's skullduggery.  He’s actually in so many ways just trying to change the subject away from the fact that he has been, again, a total failure in terms of this pandemic, among other things.  
 
But the fact is that the people will speak tomorrow, and their voices must be heard.  Their vote is their voice, and that is what a democracy is about.  It's not about undermining that voice or vote because of your own insecurity as President because you know you can't win unless you disrupt and cause chaos. 
 
Ari Melber.  Well, here we go.  We are grateful, on a busy night, Speaker Pelosi for you spending time with us and giving us the closing argument.  Thank you very much, Madam Speaker. 
 
Speaker Pelosi.  Well, I tell our folks, be calm, be confident, be patient.  And don't be celebrating until everyone has voted across the country, because we have a lot at stake in our House and Senate, gubernatorial, local races.  There's a lot at stake for our country, not just in the presidential.  So, thank you.
 
Ari Melber.  I think it – I think it's fair and sound advice.  Thank you, Madam Speaker. 
 
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