The spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has denied a report that House Democratic leaders have called on members of their caucus not to join Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s team out of concern that their dwindling majority in the chamber will erode even further.
“This is completely false. The speaker wants the full contribution of House Democrats to the Biden-Harris mandate and to the future represented in the administration,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told the New York Post.
The Post, citing anonymous sources, had claimed Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told members that they shouldn’t join a Biden administration.
But there has been speculation that with about a dozen House seats being won by GOP members during the recent election, Pelosi will have a much harder time promoting her agenda. On Nov. 13, when she was asked about her narrower Democratic majority, Pelosi said it wouldn’t be an impediment.
“No, not at all,” she told reporters during a news conference. “We have a president of the United States.”
The Epoch Times won’t declare a winner of the 2020 presidential election until all results are certified and any legal challenges are resolved. While numerous media outlets, from CNN to The Associated Press, have declared Biden the winner, there’s still a process that needs to play out before the future president can be sworn in on Jan. 20, 2021.
Some Democrats have said that campaign messaging was muddied by leftist calls to “defund” or “abolish the police,” in addition to the incidents of large Black Lives Matter riots and protests over the summer. According to several projections, Republicans have been able to flip about a dozen seats, and the result for Democrats “may be the smallest House majority since 1919,” the Wall Street Journal noted in an opinion piece.
For example, Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), who conceded to Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis, was featured marching along with Black Lives Matter in Malliotakis’s attack ads.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a self-proclaimed socialist and promoter of far-left policies, asserted that the Democratic Party should lurch further to the left to win elections, blaming the House losses on a poor digital strategy and marketing.
Malliotakis, for her part, said the Democratic Party’s leftist agenda in the House hasn’t been challenged.
“In many ways, it’s the very reason we entered our races for Congress,” she told the New York Post, about the new Republican members of Congress.