The main candidate to replace Nancy Pelosi as the next Democratic leader in the House of Representatives is a 2016 election denier. On Friday, House Democratic Conference Chair Hakeem Jeffries announced he is running to lead the Democrats in the next Congress.
At present, Mr Jeffries appears to have a clear route to the job as no other challenger has emerged and he has won praise from a number of Democrats.
Mr Jeffries was one of many Democrats who questioned whether Donald Trump had legitimately won the 2016 Presidential election due to alleged Russian collusion and interference.
The New Yorker has made a number of statements that are similar to those made by Mr Trump and other senior Republicans about Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.
Writing from his Congressional Twitter account in 2018, he claimed: “The more we learn about 2016 the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes.”
He added: “America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office.”
In 2020, Mr Jeffries tweeted that Mr Trump would never be considered a “legitimate” POTUS by historians.
The former member of the New York State Assembly also claimed that Mr Trump cheated during the 2016 election, alleging that he was “a Russian asset”.
He said: “LIE (more than any administration in the history of the Republic.) CHEAT (2016 election/Russian Interference). STEAL (one or two Supreme Court seats).
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Democrats and Republicans are predictably split by Mr Jeffries candidacy.
Progressive Caucus member Representative Mark Pocan told Fox News Digital that Mr Jeffries had the leadership skills for the position.
He said: “I’m a huge fan of Hakeem.
“I think he’s extremely intelligent, and he’s a good person to bring consensus among the caucus. And I think he’ll be an outstanding leader.”
In contrast, Kentucky Republican James Comer said: “He’s even further to the left of Nancy Pelosi.
“And that’s the problem with the Democrat Party.”