Democrats suffered another embarrassing defeat to President Donald Trump this week — and liberals have focused their rage on House Leader Nancy Pelosi.
After losing over 1,000 seats throughout Pelosi’s decade-long tenure, Tuesday’s loss may have been the final straw for Democrats… and Pelosi’s head is heading for the chopping block.
In the wake of a dispiriting loss for Democrats in a Georgia special House race, Pelosi is confronting angry questions about her leadership, especially because she was the focus of a torrent of negative advertising in the Georgia election casting her as a San Francisco liberal and linking her to the Democratic candidate.
The apparent effectiveness of that messaging suggested to some Democrats that the 77-year-old Californian is a liability for liberals as they aim to regain their majority.
And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House last year, some of Pelosi’s colleagues have allegedly grown tired of her antics — and are starting to demand that she actually deliver. Pelosi tried to reassure fellow House Democrats in a letter Wednesday, “The House was in play before the Georgia race. The House remains in play now.”
Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat, then warned: “If we don’t [take back the House], then I think it’s incumbent upon her and all of us to reassess who our leadership should be.”
On Thursday, Trump jumped into the political fray, taking a swipe at Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet —
I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
That’s because, in the decade since taking over leadership of House Democrats, Pelosi has overseen a Democratic Party on the decline.
After Donald Trump took office and Republicans dove into their agenda of repealing former President Barack Obama’s health care law, Democrats have been in a full-blown meltdown — and Tuesday’s loss was the worst yet.
After sinking millions from around the country into Democrat Jon Ossoff’s unsuccessful challenge on Karen Handel, the left came up with nothing to show for it.
In fact, the Democratic candidate backed by Pelosi actually lost votes compared to Democrats November 2016’s candidate… who was so inactive during the campaign, a local television station has launched an investigation to discover whether he actually exists.
No, really. There’s speculation that Democrat Rodney Stooksbury — who raised $0 for his campaign and received 124,917 votes in a losing challenge to then-Georgia Rep. Tom Price — isn’t a real person.
Ossoff’s $30 million campaign, funded by Pelosi-backers from across the country, received just 124,893 total votes… 24 less votes than a “ghost candidate” that spent zero dollars.
Now, in the wake of the loss in Georgia and three other House special elections where Democrats failed to pull off upset wins, tensions are rising among liberal groups.
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And for some, they point to questions about how their leaders, and Pelosi in particular, have fallen short in crafting an economic message that can counter Trump and yield election victories.
“We as Democrats have to come to terms with the fact that we lost again,” said Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, a Democrat. “We are the party that stands up for working families and the middle class, yet many of them are not voting for us. So it’s time for change. Personally I think it’s time for a new generation of leadership in the party.”
When asked if party leadership needed a change at the top, New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, also a Democrat, told reporters: “We’re always reviewing that, believe me.”
Other Democrats have been complaining openly about Pelosi to their pals in the mainstream media, calling her “more toxic than Trump.” —
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The Associated Press contributed to this article