Nancy Pelosi called Donald Trump “a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president” after his supporters stormed the US Capitol.

In a 60 Minutes interview, the newly re-elected Speaker said:

“The person who is running the executive branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States. And it’s only a number of days until we can be protected from him. But he has done something so serious that there should be prosecution against him.”

Pelosi has pursued Trump’s early removal from office since the Capitol riot. She called on vice president Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would see him take over the presidency until inauguration day and promised to bring impeachment proceedings against him. Others have demanded he resign.

Trump encouraged his supporters to “walk down to the Capitol” hours before some of them broke into the building and placated them afterwards, calling them “special people”.

During her interview, Pelosi recalled the terror her staff experienced as the mob tried to break into her office. She said:

“The staff went under the table, barricaded the door, turned out the lights and were silent in the dark for two-and-a-half hours.”

A recording from one of the staffer’s phones revealed that they heard banging on the door as they hid in the dark. Pelosi herself was escorted away from her podium in the House Chamber shortly before gunfire was heard.

While she sheltered in a safe location, rioters broke into her office, took photos sitting at her desk and even stole pieces of her mail.

Whether or not Trump will pay with his presidency for inciting and encouraging his supporters is currently being decided.

Pence is reportedly still considering invoking the 25th, while Pelosi plans to begin impeachment proceedings this week.

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