Pelosi says Capitol rioters chose 'whiteness over democracy’ and slams ‘unhinged’ Trump ahead of impeachment

NANCY Pelosi has slammed Donald Trump as "deranged and unhinged" as she blasted Capitol rioters for choosing "whiteness" over democracy.

The House Speaker labelled the president "dangerous" in an interview scheduled to air tonight – and said Trump should be "prosecuted" following the shocking Capitol riots that left five dead on Wednesday.

Appearing on CBS' 60 Minutes programme, Lesley Stahl implied that Trump may have abdicated his position in the waning days of his term following criticism over the Capitol security breach.

"Well, sadly, the person who’s running the executive branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States," Pelosi said in response.

She continued: "And we’re 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."

Stahl then pushed the speaker on whether lawmakers have declared the 25th Amendment of the Constitution – which outlines steps for removal of a sitting president – "off the table" in their conversations about how to react to Trump after the Capitol riot.

"No, it isn’t. Nothing is off the table," Pelosi answered.

On Wednesday, hundreds of his fans sieged the Capitol building and a woman was shot as bloody clashes erupted in Congress.

Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the House chamber as the Capitol was put on lockdown.

Pelosi describes her experience inside the Capitol as protesters were gathering outside before breaching and storming the building.

"I was pulled from the podium, just literally pulled from the podium," Pelosi said.

"They were vocally saying, ‘Where’s the speaker? We know she has staff. They’re here someplace. We’re going to find them," Pelosi said.

In separate remarks Saturday, in an online meeting with her San Francisco constituents, Pelosi characterized the Capitol siege in racial terms, accusing the participants of having chosen their "Whiteness" over a regard for American democracy.

According to The Hill and quoting the Associated Press, Pelosi said: "It has been an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their Whiteness over democracy."

Meanwhile, Trump is considering hiring Rudy Giuliani to defend him after Nancy Pelosi announced Democrats will move to impeach him again over Wednesday's "insurrection."

The president is reportedly considering both Giuliani, his personal attorney, and Alan Dershowitz, a controversial lawyer who has defended clients like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein.

Democrats have already drafted the single article for Trump's impeachment, and it will be formally introduced on Monday.

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