After Democrats reelected Rep. Nancy Pelosi (California) as House Minority Leader by a margin of 134 to 63 on Wednesday, Kellyanne Conway bashed the party for not learning from its mistakes.
“What a relief,” she wrote. “I was worried they had learned from the elections & might be competitive and cohesive again.”
Pelosi faced a challenge, for the first time since 2010, from Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio. Ryan had hoped to take the Democrats in a new direction, arguing that they cannot win back the presidency and seats in Congress without new leadership. Many on the right seem to agree with Ryan’s assertion, and some Republican groups even “endorsed” Pelosi, saying that she’d only add to the GOP’s strength in the House.
“No single person deserves more credit for House Republicans’ historic majority than Nancy Pelosi,” said the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Communications Director Katie Martin. “Under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, House Democrats have become completely irrelevant, and there is no better way to ensure that remains the case than by keeping her as Minority Leader. The NRCC offers its full support to Nancy Pelosi as she attempts to fend off this challenge to her failed leadership from within the ranks of her own party.”
Conway appears to share that sentiment, also tweeting that Democrats missed an opportunity to “step away from massive electoral losses” by reelecting Pelosi.
Her comments come just hours after she claimed that Trump’s general election win saved Republicans from “veering dangerously close to being the party of the elites” and suggested that House Democrats had a chance to avoid the same fate.
“That’s also something the Democratic Party is going to grapple with when you have leadership races between an aforementioned member of Congress who represents a working-class district versus those who represent San Francisco,” she said of Ryan and Pelosi.