Pelosi: Republicans 'Know' There Will Be a 'Democrat in the White House' in 2020
Democratic House speaker claims GOP are retiring as they don't want to be the minority
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has claimed that Republicans "know" her party will win the next presidential election and they'll be a "Democrat in the White House" in 2020.
During a Friday C-SPAN interview, Pelosi said House Republicans are retiring because they don't want to serve in the minority in the House and would be better off spending time with their families instead.
California Democrat Pelosi was asked about the fifteen House Republicans who are announcing retirement.
“I think it’s an indication that Republicans know that they’ll probably be serving in the minority in the next Congress and most likely with a Democrat in the White House," Pelosi answered.
"So I think it’s time to spend more time with their families.”
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Most of the retirements have been in ruby red congressional districts that should be easy for the GOP to hold, according to The Hill.
Others, however, have been particularly painful for the House Republican delegation.
Among others, the party is losing Rep. Will Hurd (Texas), the only black Republican in the House, and Reps. Susan Brooks (Ind.) and Martha Roby (Ala.), two of the GOP’s 13 female lawmakers.
Pelosi is suggesting that frustration with being in the minority is a chief factor in the slate of retirements.
Democrats, who had been in the minority since they lost 63 seats in the 2010 Tea Party wave, won back the majority in last year’s midterm elections.
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“Republicans know that they'll probably be serving in the minority in the next Congress and most likely with a Democrat in the White House. So I think it’s time to spend more time with their families.”
Currently, former Vice President Joe Biden is the Democrats' frontrunner for the 2020 election.
Despite Pelosi's claims of a Democratic president, however, it's not looking good for Biden.
Questions about Biden’s mental fitness are seeping into mainstream discussion, as the ex-VP continues to make head-scratching remarks.
His fellow Democratic candidates have even started to broach the subject.
Former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julian Castro’s jab at Biden’s memory on Thursday night was widely interpreted as a veiled reference to Biden’s age and mental fitness — although Castro later claimed he wasn’t commenting on Biden’s age at all.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker similarly hinted at Biden’s mental fitness in a post-debate interview with CNN.
“I think that we are at a tough point right now, because there’s a lot of people who are concerned about Joe Biden’s ability to carry the ball across the end line without fumbling,” Booker said.
“And I think that Castro had some really legitimate concerns about — can he be someone in a long grueling campaign who can get the ball over the line?
"And I think [Castro] has every right to call that out,” he added.