After pollsters predicted Democrats would increase their majority in the House, many on the left were shocked to see that though they still hold control of the lower chamber, House Dems actually lost seats in this year’s general election.
While votes in some races are still being tabulated, it appears that Republicans may have carried as many as 213 districts. But as the Washington Examiner‘s Susan Ferrechio noted Friday, that hasn’t stopped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from falsely claiming to have “a mandate” from the American people.
“Everyone turned out, and it was a great victory, a mandate,” Pelosi declared to a sea of cameras and reporters at a Friday press conference, according to Ferrechio.
“Imagine,” the 80-year-old San Francisco congresswoman emphasized, “nearly two million more votes than Donald Trump.”
“We turned out our votes”
Pelosi was referring Friday to figures shown at the presser that showed this year, “75,495,518 Democrats turned out to vote, compared to 72,109,474 Republican voters,” Ferrechio reported.
“And people say, ‘Well, the Democrats didn’t turn up,'” Pelosi opined. “No, we did. We turned out our votes. In fact, more than three million more than the Republicans.”
Unfortunately for Pelosi, it seems those votes didn’t turn into House seats. Speaking Friday, the House speaker said her part’s losses were concentrated in districts that Democrats flipped from red to blue during the 2018 midterm elections, places that Pelosi referred to as “the most gerrymandered, voter-suppressed political arena you could name,” as Ferrechio reported.
“I said then it’s going to be harder next time because he’ll be on the ballot,” the speaker recalled of 2018. “And it was, and it was, and so, we will lose some of those seats.”
Democrats: Far from united
Pelosi’s confidence about having a “mandate” to push her partisan agenda seems curious given that with a reduced minority, her party can afford few defections when it comes time to vote on legislation. And it isn’t helping matters that more pronounced ideological fault lines seem to be emerging within the Democratic Party.
As reported by Breitbart, what was said on a leaked post-election conference call suggests serious tension is brewing between the party’s far-left elements and more moderate members who blamed progressive radicalism for turning off voters and costing them — or nearly costing them — their seats this year.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D), who narrowly won re-election in suburban Virginia, warned on the call that Democrats are set to “get f*****g torn apart” unless the party reigns in its more extreme elements, adding, “No one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again… Nobody should be talking about socialism.”
According to Breitbart, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) agreed. If Democrats “are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine,” he said, “we’re not going to win.”