Many Democrats anticipated a resounding victory ahead of this year’s elections, hoping to win the White House and even take control of the U.S. Senate in addition to building on their majority in the House of Representatives.
When those legislative hopes did not pan out and the presidential race bled into the days after polls closed on Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers took part in a conference call that created what was likely an infuriating situation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
“We have lost good members”
According to Breitbart, the call took place on Friday — and included outspoken criticism from moderate lawmakers including Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) over the party’s position during the campaign.
In particular, she cited far-left positions including defunding law enforcement agencies as critical factors in securing the party’s underperformance on Election Day.
“We have to commit to not saying the words ‘defund the police’ ever again,” Spanberger declared. “We need to not ever use the words socialist or socialism ever again.”
She went on to claim that “we have lost good members” of the House because of such rhetoric, predicting that the party “will get f*****g torn apart” if it follows suit in subsequent election cycles.
Though Spanberger was particularly outspoken, she was hardly alone among moderate Democrats in expressing such frustration.
“We did win the war”
Even House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) affirmed that if “we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we’re not going to win.”
For her part, Pelosi attempted to put a positive spin on the clearly disappointing election results.
“This has been a life or death fight for the very fate of our democracy,” she said, acknowledging that “we did not win every battle, but we did win the war.”
She noted that Democrats “held the House” and Biden “is on a clear path to be the next president of the United States.”
Despite her effort to put a positive spin on the results, Pelosi seemed prepared to continue fielding complaints and concerns by those in her caucus, advising: “I hope any of you who have something to report or feedback will come to me.”