Ironically, Election-Denier Hakeem Jeffries Leads the Pack as Likely Next Leader of House Democrats

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    Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) seems to be the leading candidate to succeed Rep. Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) as the House Democrats’ leader, even though he's an “election denier.”

    An attorney located in central Brooklyn, Jeffries is a self-described left-of-center Democrat who seems to be trying to be the top candidate for the Democratic House leadership post. He was first elected at the end of 2013 and has served as the chair of the House Democrat Caucus since 2019.

    Jeffries’ likely succession to the leadership role is significant due to the fact that Democrats, along with the established order, have consistently branded certain Republican politicians as “anti-election skeptics.” But this same concept has not been used to describe Jeffries.

    Jeffries has denied the outcome of the election in 2016. In 2020, Jeffries posted on Twitter that former President Donald Trump “will never” be recognized “as a legitimate President.”

    “Keep pouting. History will never accept you as a legitimate President,” he tweeted to Trump.

    He tweeted again later in 2020, “Let's be clear donald. The only person trying to steal the election is YOU. (and your buddies in the Kremlin),” citing the false claim that Trump was able to win the White House due to Russian meddling in the 2016 election. “The more we learn about [the] 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes. America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office #RussianInterference,” he tweeted in 2018.

    Also in 2018, Jeffries claimed that two Supreme Court seats were stolen during Trump's presidency when he appointed conservative justices to the country’s highest court.

    “LIE (more than any administration in the history of the Republic.) CHEAT (2016 election/Russian Interference). STEAL (one or two Supreme Court seats). When will Republicans put country ahead of party? #CleanUpCorruption,” he tweeted.

    If Jeffries is elected head of the House Democrats, he would likely go up against Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as House Speaker.

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