All four of Minnesota’s Democratic members of the U.S. House cast their votes for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Tuesday in the unresolved race for speaker.
Jeffries is a notorious election denier who called the 2016 election “rigged” and repeatedly described former President Donald Trump as a “fake” and “illegitimate” president.
In fact, Breitbart published a list of 100 examples of Jeffries questioning the integrity of America’s elections.
“The real hoax is likely your so-called election victory,” Jeffries said in response to a tweet from the former president.
“Climate Change is NOT a hoax. But 45’s election may have been,” he said.
In May 2019, Jeffries claimed President Trump was “artificially” placed in the White House with the help of the Russian government.
Nonetheless, Reps. Angie Craig, Dean Phillips, Ilhan Omar, and Betty McCollum all voted for Jeffries to be the new speaker of the House. Democrats are now in the minority and thus do not have enough votes on their own to elect a speaker.
Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy failed to get enough support from the Republican caucus to be elected speaker after three rounds of voting. 218 votes are needed. McCarthy never surpassed 203 votes. Jeffries earned 212 votes on each ballot.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in November that she would step down from leadership at the beginning of the new Congress but plans to remain in office.
The House will resume the speaker debate on Wednesday.
“It is shameful and the height of hypocrisy for Democrats like Angie Craig, Betty McCollum, Ilhan Omar and Dean Phillips to cast their vote for a notorious election denier like Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to lead the U.S. House of Representatives. Jeffries has outright denied or questioned the legitimacy of the 2016 presidential election no less than 100 times. Today’s vote proves that Minnesota Democrats in Congress will do and say anything to get elected and then act another way once in power,” said Minnesota GOP Chairman David Hann.
“For all their bluster about accepting election results and protecting democracy, these shameless Democrats show they can’t be trusted.”