Democrat who’s challenging Pelosi’s job: ‘We are not even a national party at this point’

An Ohio congressman believes the Democrats are in denial over the party’s status after taking a hit on Election Day.

Rep. Tim Ryan, who is challenging Rep. Nancy Pelosi for her position as House minority leader, said Democrats now have their smallest number of state and federal elected officials since just after the Civil War.

“We’re at the point now where we are not even a national party at this point,” Ryan told MSNBC’s Katy Tur on Monday. “We have some support on the coast, but we lost the support of Middle America.”

Ryan argued that voters asked the party to make a change and Democrats have to oblige if they want to be relevant.

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“The question really is, to my fellow colleagues, how many seats do we have to lose before we make a change?” he asked.

Ryan is “pulling the fire alarm” for the Democratic party, urging others to act now if they hope to regain what was lost in the 2016 elections.

“That means new leadership, some new energy, some new faces we need to lift up throughout our caucus to give opportunities for them to raise their profiles and send them out throughout the country campaigning,” Ryan said. “We need to develop a new Democratic Party because right now, our party is in denial of what happened on Election Day.”

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