Jake Tapper Shuts Down Democrats Gloating over Midterms: ‘You Just Lost the House’

CNN’s Jake Tapper has fired back at Democrats for gloating about the midterms after they “just lost the House.”

Tapper shut down claims from Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday.

During an interview with Jeffries, the congressman who is presumed to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the new leader of the House Democrats, Tapper reminded him that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

Jeffries tried to claim that midterms were a “historic overperformance” for the Democrats that was “almost beyond comparison when you look at the last 100 years.”

Tapper wasn’t buying it and cut in to inform the Democrat politician that “you’re portraying a very rosy scenario about how well Democrats are doing.

“You just lost the House.

“I mean, your party was just defeated at the House.”



JAKE TAPPER: “I want to ask you, though, you’re portraying a very rosy scenario about how well Democrats are doing.

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“You just lost the House. I mean, your party was just defeated at the House.

“I get that it wasn’t as bad a defeat as it could have been, but it wasn’t exactly a vote of confidence in House Democrats.”

REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES: “Well, what I’ll say is that it was historic overperformance by every single measure, almost beyond comparison when you look at the last 100 years.

“When there’s a single party in power that controls the House, the Senate, and the presidency, in a President’s first midterm election, the average loss of seats is 27.

“In fact, I think in 2010, in a similar scenario, we lost about 63 seats, and so obviously, it was an incredibly strong performance under very difficult circumstances.

“But you’re correct, Jake, we’re not satisfied, our top nongovernmental goal must be reclaiming the House in 2024, and I’m committed to making sure that that happens for the good of the American people.

“But if you take a step back, we held the Senate.

“Election deniers are on the run, have gone down in flames, have been defeated all across America, held key governorships in the heartland of America in Pennsylvania and Michigan and Wisconsin, and of course flipped state legislative bodies including in Michigan and one house in Pennsylvania, which is almost unheard of in a midterm election.”

TAPPER: “Yeah, I notice you’re not mentioning New York there because Democrats didn’t do too well in New York, and I know you said you want to get an after-action report on that.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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