After Democrats officially flipped the House on Tuesday night House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defiantly announced, “Tomorrow will be a new day in America.”
Drew Hammill, an aide to Pelosi, tweeted Tuesday evening that President Trump called Pelosi at 11:45 p.m. “to extend his congratulations on winning a Democratic House Majority.”
President Trump called Leader Pelosi at 11:45 p.m. this evening to extend his congratulations on winning a Democratic House Majority. He acknowledged the Leader’s call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) November 7, 2018
Pelosi delivered the victory speech for Democrats at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) watch party in Washington. She was joined by several House Democratic leaders along with Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom Perez.
As Pelosi spoke members of the audience broke into chants of “speaker, speaker, speaker.” She opened her remarks by thanking the “women and men who have mobilized in historic numbers.”
“We saw what this GOP congress was doing and refused to stand still,” Pelosi said. “Thanks to you, we owned the ground. Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America.”
Then she correctly described the many Democratic candidates who won on Tuesday night as “dynamic, diverse and incredible.”
“Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans,” she said. “It’s about restoring the constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration.”
In her speech before a national audience and many television cameras Pelosi set forth her vision of a “bipartisan” Congress. She said that Democrats have a “responsibility to find our common ground when we can, stand our ground where we can.”
“We’ll have a … bipartisan marketplace of ideas that makes our democracy strong,” she said.
It appears that Democrats will gain around 35 seats after needing to win just 23 to take control of the House.
The outcome is a significant victory for Democrats after the party was locked out of power in Washington following the 2016 presidential election. It deals a major blow to Republicans who will lose their majority in the lower chamber and is a significant setback for President Trump’s agenda in Congress.
Pelosi has maintained that she will once again become Speaker of the House but described herself as a “transitional figure.” Several dozen progressive Democratic House candidates across the country said during their campaigns that they would not back Pelosi for speaker, since they view her as a member of the Democratic establishment.
Capitol Hill will now have divided party control after Republicans maintained control of the Senate.
This might lead to more gridlock in Washington although it also might force the two parties to find common ground.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.