Schumer tells GOP ‘election is over…wasn’t even close’, doubles down on ‘mandate’ proclamations

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Congress’ two top Democrats claim Americans’ alleged choice of Joe Biden as president represents a “mandate” to govern and manage the COVID-19 pandemic during a joint press conference Thursday, despite the party losing ground in the House and in state races.

“The biggest change since Election Day is that Donald Trump, who is not for helping us in COVID and who was against the HEROES bill has lost,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.

“That was an overwhelming referendum by the American people,” he claimed. “So yes, we think there has been change. It should move things in our direction.”

He added: “This morning I have a message for Senate Republicans: The election is over. It wasn’t close. President Trump lost. Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. Kamala Harris will be the next vice president of the United States.”

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Shortly thereafter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) came to the podium.

“What Joe Biden got in this election was a mandate,” she said. “A mandate to address the challenges that our country faces as well as to have a positive initiative on how to grow the economy in a fair way. And in order to do that, we must address the pandemic.”

As of this writing, President Donald Trump has yet to concede the presidential race to Biden, though many media outlets have already declared him “president-elect.” Also, he has taken up that mantra himself, earning criticism from Trump defenders including conservative talker, author, and constitutional expert Mark Levin.

As for a mandate, several political analysts would despite that given electoral gains made by Republicans and the president himself.

While it’s unclear at this time whether Trump’s various legal challenges over alleged voter fraud and voting irregularities in several battleground states will ultimately be successful, what is clear is that he attracted millions of new voters to cast ballots for him, including higher percentages of minorities than in 2016.

“If Republican politicians think we can just go back five years in time and go back to the agenda we had then that was not popular, that resulted in two consecutive and bad presidential defeats, that did not address the concerns of the broad working class of America, then that is a recipe for continuing to lose elections,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal this week.

“Republicans won elections down-ballot because of Donald Trump, not in spite of Donald Trump,” Cotton added. “There is no way we would have held the Senate or picked up seats in the House if Donald Trump had not turned out millions and millions of new voters.”

In addition, Republicans picked up seats in the U.S. House after polling data and Democrats predicted Pelosi’s majority would expand. Those pickups were aided by a wave of Republican women in a party dominated by a president who supposedly cost the GOP female votes.

Also, Democrats predicted they would gain control of the Senate, but at present, they lag behind Republicans 50-48, with two races — both in Georgia — going to a special election on Jan. 5.

A loss of both races would evenly divide the chamber, but give Democrats dominance if Biden ultimately is declared the winner because then a Vice President Kamala Harris would be the deciding vote.

And, as Cotton alluded to, Republicans made gains in statehouses and state legislatures around the country, likely on the strength of President Trump’s message and brand.

“Any Republican who said we need to return to” policies the GOP establishment espoused prior to Trump winning in 2016 “is a fool who will never win national office,” Cotton told the WSJ.

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