Left-wing organizations are ripping House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) following the loss of several Democratic seats in Congress, blaming an ice cream stunt she pulled earlier this year during COVID-19 lockdowns that caused economic hardships for millions of Americans.
“When Democratic leaders make unforced errors like showing off two sub-zero freezers full of ice cream on national television or cozy up with Wall Street executives and corporate lobbyists while Trump tells voters we are the party of the swamp, it is not surprising that we lose,” says a memo from a number of leftist organizations including Justice Democrats and the Sunrise Movement.
“The economy was voters’ top concern in this election,” the memo said. “We need a new generation of leadership grounded in a multiracial, working class experience and background,” the memo continued.
“As we speak, Congressional Democrats are debating why they underperformed and some have been quick to blame progressives. There is no denying Republicans levied salient rhetorical attacks against Democrats, but these will continue to happen as they do every cycle,” it adds. “We cannot let Republican narratives drive our party away from Democrats’ core base of support: young people, Black, Brown, working class, and social movements who are the present and future of the party. The question is: how are we going to prepare?”
It comes as Democrats conduct a post-election assessment of the party’s election performances around the country. Pre-election polling indicated that the party was on pace to win the White House, retake the Senate, and expand their majority in the House.
But Democrats lost ground in the lower chamber and now battling to win both Georgia seats that are headed to run-off elections Jan. 5 for control of that chamber. Also, President Donald Trump has refused to concede the presidential race, citing evidence of alleged voter fraud and irregularities in a number of legal challenges.
In April, Pelosi, a multimillionaire, showed off her $24,000 freezer stocked with $13-a-pint Jeni’s brand ice cream during an interview with “The Late, Late Show” host James Corden.
“I don’t know what I would’ve done if ice cream were not invented,” Pelosi told Cordon.
In a tweet accompanying a video clip of the interview, the Speaker noted: “We all have found our ways to keep our spirits up during these trying times. Mine just happens to fill up my freezer.”
At the time, millions of Americans were essentially on house arrest under coronavirus edicts from governors and mayors who had also ordered “non-essential” businesses to close, furloughing tens of millions of workers and cutting their financial lifelines.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent in April.
GOP strategist Steve Guest ripped Pelosi for tone-deafness at the time.
“While Nancy Pelosi sits in her ivory tower in San Francisco, eating $13 dollar a pint ice cream out of her $24,000 fridge, she is cheering on Democrats for blocking coronavirus relief aid that has so far been distributed to 1.3 million small businesses that is about to run out,” he wrote on Twitter.
While Nancy Pelosi sits in her ivory tower in San Francisco, eating $13 dollar a pint ice cream out of her $24,000 fridge, she is cheering on Democrats for blocking coronavirus relief aid that has so far been distributed to 1.3 million small businesses that is about to run out. https://t.co/fvGoWSXXC9
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 15, 2020
The Trump campaign utilized Pelosi’s appearance on the late-night show as a campaign ad, juxtaposing it with scores of Americans waiting for “hours” in food bank lines while she acted like an elitist.
As for the party’s leadership following this year’s losses — which extended into statehouses and legislatures around the country as well — there is already fallout. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois has announced she will step down as chairwoman of the Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee, Fox News reported.
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