‘Nonsense and completely unnecessary’: Voters react to Pelosi’s midterm prediction

Since the 2016 election cycle, Democrats have seemingly been campaigning on the central policy of stopping now-former President Donald Trump no matter the issue. While tough talk may garner House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) significant applause at sycophantic late-night shows, voters from her own party were far from agreeing with the lawmaker on the likely outcome of the midterms.

(Video: Fox News)

Pandering as Democrats so often do, Pelosi joined CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in early October as part of a pitch to drum up support and talk smack about Republicans. Unlike the production would have viewers believe, when given the opportunity to react in real-time to the speaker’s prediction of a victory for the left without Trump in office, even Democrats responded poorly to the claim.

“I believe that we will hold the House, and we will hold the House by winning more seats,” Pelosi told Colbert on Oct. 3 to whoops and applause.

“We won the 40 seats, then we lost some when Trump was on the ballot,” she continued. “We lost some of the Trump districts, but we held enough seats to hold the House with him on the ballot. He’s not on the ballot now.”

“Oh, did I say his name? I didn’t mean to.” the speaker joked to subdued laughter. That timid response was likely the most in line with the reactions surveyed by pollster Lee Carter of Malansky + Partners, a Fox News contributor, who had respondents dial in their reception of her remarks.

Monitoring 200 participants with roughly equal representation of Democrats, independents and Republicans, Carter found the latter two awarding the speaker an “F” for her comments and her own party grading her at a “C.”

As seen in the video, the blue, yellow and red lines corresponding to Democrats, independents and Republicans respectively, adjust in the foreground on a 100 point scale. With all respondents starting at a neutral midpoint, the blue line ticked up slightly to just over 60 points while the yellow and red dropped considerably into failing territory where they held steady as she prattled on.

“Of course, she will say they will hold the House,” one respondent told the author of “Persuasion: Convincing Others When Facts Don’t Seem to Matter.” Others told Carter that Pelosi’s comments on Trump were “nonsense and completely unnecessary.”

This poor reaction readily fell in line with the overall drop in ratings that late-night comedy has experienced. As Fox Nation host comedian Jimmy Failla recently said, “Colbert courts as many big-name Democrats as he can because he’s an activist first and a comic second. His entire point of being is to help Democrats feed moral superiority to viewers because that’s what the Democratic ethos runs on.”

Since President Joe Biden took office in 2021, Colbert has lost 27 percent of his audience likely showing that even left-leaning voters are sick of the Trump blame game after two years of progressive control of the legislative and executive branches driving the economy into a hole and putting national security at risk.


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