Who is Hakeem Jeffries? What to know about the Brooklyn Rep. poised to replace Pelosi
House Democrats voted to elect Hakeem Jeffries as leader. Here's what you should know about the representative from NY's 8th congressional district.Just after the Pelosi news hit the presses, rumors began to swirl about a possible replacement. Names of other prominent members of the House of Representatives were thrown out, perhaps most vocally: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a lawmaker from New York who has served in the chamber since 2013. Today, rumor became reality, as Democrats elected Jeffries their leader in the House.
The Republican National Committee wasted no time in launching attacks on Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., blasting him as an "election denier" just moments after he was voted Democratic Leader in the House.
The RNC displayed Tweets from Jeffries aimed at former President Donald Trump in which he repeatedly claimed Trump had not been legitimately elected. Jeffries, 52, became the first-ever African American to hold his post after winning an uncontested election to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who retired from Democratic leadership.
"The more we learn about the 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes," Jeffries wrote in 2018. "America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE president in the oval office."
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Asked what happened to his one-time supporter, Sen. Bernie Sanders dramatically threw his hands up. Others say she's showing her true colors."Nope," Sanders said when Insider asked if he'd like to talk about former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, an early supporter of his 2016 presidential campaign. "Thank you.
He went on to allege in August 2020 that Trump and his "buddies in the Kremlin" were seeking to steal the 2020 election as well.
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"History will never accept you as a legitimate president," Jeffries told Trump in another tweet after the 2020 election.
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"Russia interfered with our election, attacked our democracy, for the sole purpose of artificially placing someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. They were successful," Jeffries once said during a congressional hearing.
Jeffries will officially step in to lead Democrats in their House minority on Jan 3. Jeffries and others will usher in a new generation of leadership for the party, as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn--decades-long wingmen of Pelosi's--also opted to step down.
Hypocrisy alert: Democrats just chose an election denier as Pelosi’s successor
House Democrats just picked a successor for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who has decided to give up the gavel at the end of this term. Their choice is Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), a progressive. On the surface, this choice makes sense. However, in one key way, going with Jeffries makes hypocrites out of the Democratic establishment. Why? Well, Democrats have rightly lambasted former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen. They have decried, albeit often painting with far too broad a brush, Republicans as the party of “election deniers” and made the GOP out to be a threat to democracy itself.
"Leadership is incredibly important," Jeffries said in a Wednesday statement "When we get an opportunity as diverse leaders to serve in positions of consequence, the most meaningful thing we can do in that space is an incredibly good job."
House Democrats also elected Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark to serve as Democratic Whip. California Rep. Pete Aguilar was elected to serve as chairman of the House Democratic caucus. Both Clark and Aguilar served in leadership under Pelosi for the past two years.
Fox News' Haris Alic contributed to this report.
Arizona's Republican governor congratulated his Democratic successor despite her Trump-backed opponent refusing to concede .
Trump-endorsed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has pushed claims election was stolen from her.So far, Americans have dealt devastating blows to his brand by rejecting key candidates in closely-contested races. Rather than a so-called "red wave," results were still unclear on Wednesday. Republicans are likely to win control of the House but the Senate is still in play for both parties.