Speaking with MSNBC, the Speaker of the House was asked about the significance of the country having been through something other than a peaceful transfer of power.
Ms Pelosi told Joy Reid that she believes that “we are bigger than all of this”, before saying: “Donald Trump was a stain on our country. I don’t think we could have sustained our democracy if he had had two terms in office for what he was doing to our institutions or what he was doing to our constitution.”
“He dishonoured it,” she added.
The speaker continued: “He, in every respect, was unworthy to be president, did not respect the office that he held, and certainly did not respect the office that the rest of us hold as well.”
“I respect the office of the presidency more than he did, for how he mistreated it,” she said. “Though, in any event, he’s gone.”
Ms Pelosi said that the experience of the Trump presidency was not so much “lessons learned” because it was “so evident all along what a disgrace he was”.
The speaker has never held back voicing her opinions about Mr Trump, nor publicly demonstrating her feelings, memorably ripping up her copy of the president’s 2020 State of the Union speech while standing immediately behind him after he finished delivering it on live TV.
Ms Pelosi presided over both of the president’s impeachments, making him the first occupant of the Oval Office to be impeached twice. She even wore the same outfit to both votes.
In her final entreaty to impeach the president following his encouragement of a violent mob that stormed the US Capitol, the speaker invoked presidents Lincoln and Kennedy and the Bible. Her simple conclusion was: “He must go.”
Mr Trump will cease to be commander-in-chief at midday on Wednesday when President-elect Biden is sworn into office as the 46th president of the United States.
The single article of impeachment — “incitement of insurrection” — will be brought before the Senate which must then conduct a trial. It is unclear how this may unfold.