The leading House Democratic candidate to replace Nancy Pelosi had said after the 2016 election, that President Donald Trump was an “illegitimate” president. House Democratic Conference Chair Hakeem Jeffries has announced that he would be running to be the leader of the Democrats in the next Congress.
Currently, he is the only Democrat to have announced his candidacy and there have been no Democratic challengers. Many Democrats have also praised him for deciding to run for the party’s leadership.
Jeffries was one of those Democrats who had originally questioned whether the 2016 victory of the presidential elections by Trump had been legitimate following the allegation of Russian interference and collusion. He has also made many statements about the 2016 election that resemble the comments that Trump had made about the 2020 election being “stolen”.
In a tweet from his congressional account in 2018, he posted that the more information that came out about 2016 the “more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes.” He has also added that the American people had a right to know if they had a “FAKE President in the Oval Office.”
In 2020 he made a similar tweet from his personal account noting that history would never accept or view Trump “as a legitimate president.” He has also claimed that in 2016, Trump had cheated in order to win the elections, and has even alleged that Trump Trump may be “a Russian asset.”
In the past two years, Democrats have widely criticized Trump for his comments regarding the 2020 election results. However, this week when Jeffries was asked if he still believed that Trump stole the 2016 election with the help of Russia, Jeffries’ office maintained that their position on this had not changed.
So far, Jeffries’ candidacy has had split responses from both Republicans and Democrats in the House.