While mainstream media outlets and polling firms predicted that Democrats would likely add to their majority in the House of Representatives, voters once again proved them wrong and the party ended up losing seats.
Nevertheless, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is claiming victory, claiming during a press conference this week that House Democrats have “a mandate” and stand ready to use it to their advantage, as reported by Breitbart.
“Everybody turned out”
“Did you know that House Democrats got nearly two million more votes than Donald Trump?” she asked reporters on Friday. “I say this because everybody said well — but everybody turned out and it was a great victory, a mandate.”
Looking back at 2018 victories, Pelosi said that the “most important thing” Democrats did during that midterm cycle was to regain control of the House.
“We won 40 seats, 31 of them in Trump districts in the most gerrymandered, voter suppressed political arena you could name,” she said.
The speaker continued boasting before noting that she acknowledged two years ago that “it would be harder next time because [Trump] will be on the ballot, and it was.”
She referenced losses within her caucus in this year’s election but highlighted as an absurdity the notion that her party received “nearly two million more votes than Donald Trump and people say, well the Democrats didn’t turn out.”
“We’re a big tent”
In the wake of reports that moderate and progressive Democrats had been exchanging blame for the underwhelming Election Day performance, Pelosi touched on the need for her caucus to unite.
“So, we need everything,” she said. “We’re a family, we’re a big tent in our party. We’re proud of everyone in it.”
As Breitbart previously reported, concerns of some Democrats became public after a conference call during which moderates expressed dissatisfaction over a far-left swing they believe has alienated many voters in the party.
Among those who reportedly spoke out during the caucus meeting was House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who declared that if Democrats “are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we’re not going to win.”
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) was more direct in her assessment, warning that the party would “get f*****g torn apart” in the next election unless its leaders changed direction.