With no “blue wave” to be found, Democrats look like they’ll narrowly hold the House this year while Republicans will maintain control of the Senate. But while that’s far from a clear victory for either body of Congress’ top Dem, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are grinding their teeth and extending their congratulations to the winner of a different race.
According to the Washington Examiner, aides for the House speaker and Senate minority leader said the pair called Joe Biden on Saturday “to congratulate him on a tremendous victory” after media outlets including the Associated Press called the race for President Donald Trump’s Democrat challenger.
The unnamed aides said the call took place around 12:45 p.m. ET Saturday, according to The Hill.
“It was a happy call in which Dr. Biden also participated,” the aides reportedly said. “Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Schumer look forward to working with the Biden–Harris administration to achieve great things for the American people.”
A contested race for the White House
Biden, for his part, gave a victory speech Saturday during which he vowed “to make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home,” according to the AP. But while Biden may be claiming victory, Trump isn’t going down without a fight.
The president’s campaign has mounted a number of legal challenges across the country claiming irregularities in voting, and Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, indicated Saturday that the president has no plans to concede.
“Obviously, he’s not going to concede when at least 600,000 ballots are in question,” Giuliani said, referring to votes in Pennsylvania, according to Breitbart.
“We lost races we shouldn’t have lost”
Democrats have meanwhile lost a number of seats in the House, according to Politico, and could shed even more as votes continued to be tallied. It’s led to some intra-party fighting between progressives and moderates who disagree about how to rally voters to the Democrat cause.
“We lost races we shouldn’t have lost,” Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D) said on a Democrat conference call hours after she narrowly won her bid for re-election, according to the Daily Caller. “Defund police almost cost me my race because of an attack ad. Don’t say socialism ever again.”
Pelosi, for her part, is hoping to unite the caucus behind her new bid for the speakership, which she formally announced on Thursday, according to The Hill. But some are predicting there could be a rocky road ahead for the California lawmaker as Dems continue to lick their wounds following Election Day.
Indeed, Democrats might be trying to put on a celebratory face as the ballot-counting winds to a close, but this is a far cry from the “blue wave” they thought they’d see.