House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday, Aug. 20, predicted that the Democratic Party will maintain a majority in the House and even gain more seats in the November election.
During an interview with “The Axe Files,” Pelosi said Democrats would see a “double digit” gain in the House “if the election were today,” reported The Hill.
“Well I know the most pessimistic view, and it’s very good,” Pelosi said when asked how many seats Democrats would expect to gain if the election were held today.
“My responsibility is to protect the incumbents, to protect the majority that we have,” she added. “We will have a Democratic majority.”
Pelosi noted that Democrats earned 40 seats in the House during the 2018 midterm elections, of which 31 seats from districts won by President Trump in 2016. She also acknowledged that more of President Trump’s supporters would turn out this year.
Pelosi used her Democratic convention speech on Wednesday to call out President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), accusing them of standing in the way of our nation’s progress.
“As speaker, I’ve seen firsthand Donald Trump’s disrespect for facts, for working families, and for women in particular—disrespect written into his policies toward our health and our rights, not just his conduct,” she said. “We will elect President Biden—whose heart is full of love for America—and rid the country of Trump’s heartless disregard for America’s goodness.”
During a separate interview on Thursday, Pelosi suggested that she will remain the most powerful elected woman in U.S. politics even if Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is elected vice president in November.
“Well, I’m not sure how powerful the vice president is,” Pelosi said. “But nonetheless … No, that will depend on the president. And I’m sure that Joe Biden will extend to Kamala Harris the same strength that President Obama extended to him.”
“But that is all derivative from the president of the United States. So I’m hoping that that will be the case and I can just do my job as speaker and enjoy the thought that there is a vice president who is a woman, a woman of color,” she added.