Nancy Pelosi hails ‘President-elect Biden’, accuses Trump of post-election ‘mischief’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed America on Friday morning stating that Joe Biden has a “strong mandate to lead” after officially calling him the “president-elect” even though not all the votes have been officially counted yet. She praised Biden for his strong leadership during the 2020 presidential election, adding that “pretty soon the hyphen will have gone from Vice President to President-Elect Joe Biden.”
“I am so officially pleased with the outcome that is eminent and also personally delighted because of the quality and caliber of leadership that Joe Biden will provide,” Pelosi went on.
She gushed that this was a happy day for the United States and called Biden a unifier and that he is someone who is focused on bringing the country together.
“This morning it is clear that the Biden-Harris ticket will win the White House. His election is historic, propelled by the biggest vote ever in the history of our country — 73.8 million and counting Americans,” she said. “Most votes ever received any received by any presidential ticket in history. President-elect Biden has a strong mandate to lead and will have a strong Democratic House with him and many Democrats in the Senate.”
The call on Pelosi’s part is premature. She did so before the Biden campaign or any major TV network or wire service called the election. Decision Desk HQ is the only recognized media election outfit to call the race for Biden so far.
Pelosi went on to call the election a “life or death” fight before adding that Biden was fighting for the soul of the nation. She also celebrated wins in projected Trump districts and counties, praising the nominees for their hard work and leadership.
“As you all know, the right to vote is a sacred right in our country, and having that vote counted as cast is the foundation of our democracy,” she added. “So we must be patient. I said to people, be calm. I said, this Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, be calm, be confident, be patient. And the votes are tallying and the races are called. We look forward to continued victories in House races. We have some out there, and we look forward to progress for the people, which was our agenda and continues to be for the people.”
Pelosi also blamed President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus:
“Sadly, instead of crushing the virus, it appears that the Trump administration will use its final moments in the White House in office in a desperate last attempt to destroy every possible protection for Americans’ health and well-being.”
“So many people have said to me…what damage do you think Trump will do between losing the election and the inauguration of Joe Biden…and we knew he would be up to mischief, separate and apart from trying to destroy the credibility of our elections, which we criticize other nations for doing…”
Speaker Pelosi: "I think Joe Biden has a big mandate. A bigger mandate than John F. Kennedy when I was in school." pic.twitter.com/XMunCPTAUx
— The Hill (@thehill) November 6, 2020
Pelosi on Biden's apparent victory: "This has been a life or death fight for the fate of our democracy, as he says, the soul of our country. We did not win ever battle in the House, but we did win the war." pic.twitter.com/a2GDHpYhGJ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 6, 2020
Despite Pelosi’s claims, Biden almost certainly does not have a “strong mandate to lead” when the divisive national vote is considered. 70 million Americans voted for President Trump. The margin between Biden and President Donald Trump is still extremely close. The Democrats also lost numerous House seats and will not control the Senate. If Biden should take the presidency, conservatives will control the Supreme Court and the Senate. Democrats will control the Presidency and the House of Representatives.
Trump 2020 campaign general counsel Matt Morgan rejected the notion that Biden had won in a strong, aggressive statement on Friday morning.
“The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from over,” Morgan wrote.
“Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail,” the statement continued.
Meanwhile, Pelosi (80) has served for 18 years and is ignoring reports that the Democratic caucus wants to replace her as speaker after Republicans ate into their House majority and flipped five seats, killing the notion of a “blue wave.”
JUST IN: Speaker Pelosi slams Trump for post-election "mischief": "Our enemies foreign and domestic are making assault on our elections. Well, we have one domestic." pic.twitter.com/jQFomLGdos
— The Hill (@thehill) November 6, 2020