Pelosi: If Boehner Were A Woman, They’d Call Him ‘Weakest Speaker In History’ (VIDEO)

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has drawn no shortage of critics – even within his own party — but his predecessor thinks he’s getting off easy.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that Boehner would be slapped with a humbling label if he were a woman. 

“Well, I will say this about John Boehner, and I have a good relationship,” Pelosi said. “If he were a woman, they’d be calling him the weakest speaker in history.”

When Hayes asked Pelosi to explain, she pointed to the GOP’s inability to “get anything done.”

“Well, because they don’t get anything done. Where are the results? What are the results?” Pelosi said. “They’ve never been able to pass anything without our coming to the rescue except their very nasty — in my view — unprincipled budgets.”

Moments later, she once again argued that Boehner’s manhood has shielded him from the damning charge.

“You know what, if a woman were speaker and nothing was happening in this way, they’d say, ‘Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh,’” Pelosi said. “I’m just getting a little, shall we say, tired of some of the ways they take a pass on some and not on others. We get criticized for accomplishing things. They don’t get criticized for not accomplishing things.”

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