HOUSE Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she would have taken on the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol building on January 6, describing herself as a “street fighter”.
The 81-year-old Democrat acknowledged the rioters had intended to reach her and other prominent figures such as the then Vice President Mike Pence.
"That’s what they were setting out to do,” she told USA Today. “Well, I’m pretty tough. I’m a street fighter. They would have had a battle on their hands."
Members of Congress were forced to flee from the building wearing gas masks after a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters breached the building, overpowering Capitol Police.
Pence, who was president of the Senate at the time, was presiding over proceedings to certify then President-elect Joe Biden had won the election.
Photos of Richard “Bigo” Barnett, one of the alleged rioters, went viral after he was pictured sitting in Pelosi’s office with his feet up on the chair.
Prosecutors claim the suspect was carrying a stun gun.
Barnett's arrest came after he revealed how he really made himself at home while snooping through Pelosi's office.
The Trump fan – who boasts he will run for Arkansas governor in 2022 – claimed he "wrote a nasty note, put my feet up on her desk and scratched my balls."
Adam Johnson, who swiped Pelosi’s lecturn, has also been arrested.
Rioters erected a makeshift noose and table outside the Capitol building and yelled “Hang Mike Pence” as they rampaged through the complex.
Video also shows rioters screaming “where the f**k is Nancy” after breaking into the Capitol.
Pelosi along with Pence and other congressional leaders were led to safety within moments of the building being breached.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick and four others lost their lives in the chaos.
Another Capitol Police officer as well as a DC Metro Police officer committed suicide in the weeks that followed.
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