New Delhi(International Desk): Former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned that the United States will cease to exist if ex-president Donald Trump — who is way ahead of his rival in polls — is reelected to the top executive office in the 2024 presidential election.
The US will cease to exist if former President Donald Trump returns to the White House, Democratic Pelosi said of the Republican former president in an interview with the New York Magazine on Monday.
“If he were to be president, it would be a criminal enterprise in the White House,” the ex-speaker warned. She particularly rebuked Trump for inciting his followers to carry out the deadly January 6, 2021 attack on Capitol Hill.
The ex-speaker implored the reporter not to contemplate the idea of Trump as the US president for a second term, describing the former businessman-turned-president back in office as setting the world on fire and the end of the US.
“Don’t even think of that,” Pelosi insisted.
“Don’t think of the world being on fire. It cannot happen, or we will not be the United States of America,” she emphasized.
She described Trump as a kingpin, leader of a criminal outfit, who would be running the White House gang, if elected.
She gave herself credit for suggesting the idea of creating the January 6 Commission to investigate the extent of the ex-president’s criminal activities leading to the deadly riot. “I know he committed a crime that day,” she insisted.
Trump, who is facing nearly 80 criminal charges with the possibility of more to be added amid high probability of being convicted, was described by Pelosi as a “scared puppy” waiting as the worst is yet to come.
On Pelosi’s end of the US political spectrum, Trump’s opponents see him as a “security risk”, the personification of a clear and present danger to the American nation, calling for his imprisonment in “solitary confinement” if he is convicted in court.
Trump was arraigned in a Washington, DC court on Thursday pleading not guilty to the latest charges brought against him in his third legal indictment as he awaits his fourth one, possibly next week.
Trump, who says the charges leveled against him are politically-motivated, blasted the multiple prosecutions threatening his reelection bid, insisting that the rivaling Democrats want to keep him off the campaign trail for much of 2024.
The 77-year-old billionaire, who is currently the likely GOP candidate for 2024 presidential election, called the officials who were investigating the charges lodged against him as being “deranged”.
He accused Democratic US President Joe Biden of ordering the investigations, which he said were brought against him due to his immense popularity.