House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is hoping relentless attacks on President Trump will help her party win 2020 well ahead of the actual election, by encouraging Republicans not to seek re-election and opening up opportunities for Democrats to gain seats in Congress.
For those listening closely, the 79-year-old has repeatedly laid out her game plan during public talks, most recently at the London School of Economics and Political Science this week.
“You want to talk politics? I intend to have this election won by this November,” Pelosi told LSE’s Director of the U.S. Centre at the School, who moderated the live event, “because by a year in advance, that’s when people decide if they’re going to run for office.”
The intent, she said, is to bully Republicans into retirement by making clear 2020 will be a very nasty and very expensive race should they decide to run.
“So we want the message to be clear, we will retain the majority, we will grow the majority,” Pelosi said. “So if you were a Republican who might be thinking about running for Congress, you have to look at the strength of the person you want to unseat.
“And if you’re a member of Congress and you’re a Republican and were deciding you might be ready for retirement, you may have to remember it’s going to cost you a lot of money to win, or to lose. But if you win, you’ll be serving in the minority. Maybe you’d like to go do something else,” Pelosi said to applause.
Moments later, Pelosi claimed “any one” of the 18 Democrats currently vying to take on Trump in 2020 would “would be a great president of the United States.”
The London event wasn’t the first time Pelosi has explained how she intends to win in 2020.
She made similar comments at a Politico Playbook event two weeks ago and expounded on the strategy again just days before heading overseas.
Pelosi explained that President Trump’s approval rating later in November will have a significant impact on the election a year later.
“I’ve always said I can almost predict how well we will do in an election one year in advance because one year in advance is where you see where the president of the party is,” Pelosi said, according to Roll Call. “If he’s still in the 40s, they have a big problem.”
“It’s really important for the Republicans in Congress to know that if they’re thinking about running, the president’s numbers are not so great,” Pelosi continued. “It’s going to cost them a lot of money and even if they win, they’ll be serving in the minority. How’s that for a motivator?”
More recently, Pelosi scheduled a meeting with House Democrats for after the Easter weekend to discuss “several alarming findings” from the special counsel report into now debunked allegations the president’s campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
“The Caucus is scheduling a conference call for Monday to discuss this grave matter, which is as soon as our analysis and this Holy Season’s religious traditions allow,” Pelosi wrote to her Democrat colleagues.
She alleged the report “appears to directly undercut” Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congress that Trump did not obstruct justice during the investigation, The Huffington Post reports.
Other high ranking Democrats, including House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, appear to be on board with Pelosi’s game plan. Nadler posted a highlighted expert from the special counsel report Thursday that explains why investigators could not determine whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
This is exactly why we need to hear directly from Special Counsel Mueller and receive the full, unredacted report with the underlying evidence. pic.twitter.com/8nqoUWHjpI
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) April 18, 2019
“This is exactly why we need to hear directly from Special Counsel Mueller and receive the full, unredacted report with the underlying evidence,” Nadler tweeted.