On Thursday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to Donald Trump as a “psychopathic nut.” The remarks were made during a phone call between House Democratic leaders.
Pelosi’s criticism comes as Trump continues to refuse to acknowledge that Joe Biden is the president-elect. Trump’s campaign has filed close to two dozen lawsuits in several key states claiming voter fraud. Most of those cases have already been thrown out by judges.
Trump’s legal team is headed by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani held a bizarre press conference on Thursday where he continued to push Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud.
Shortly after being declared the winner of the election, Joe Biden was contacted by Pelosi, who congratulated him on his win.
Pelosi met with Biden for the first time on Friday afternoon. Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer also attended the meeting.
Biden has requested that Congress act quickly to approve a stimulus package before the end of the year.
Earlier this week, House Democrats nominated Pelosi to serve as House Speaker in the next session of Congress. Pelosi has already hinted that the next two years as speaker will be her last.
For months now, Pelosi has dodged questions about whether she will stand by an agreement she made two years ago with Democratic rebels to serve only four more years in power.
Last week Pelosi answered that question during a press conference where she discussed the limits and that she would abide by them.
“When that conversation took place, there was a move to put limits on the leadership and the chairs of committees. … What I said then is whether it passes or not, I will abide by those limits that are there,” Pelosi told reporters.
“I don’t want to undermine any leverage I may have, but I made the statement.”
“If my husband is listening, don’t let me have to be more specific than that, because we never expected to have another term now,” Pelosi added
“I consider this a gift and I can’t wait to work with Joe Biden,” she continued. “I don’t want to undermine any leverage I have but I made that statement.”
On Wednesday, Democrats met virtually to choose their top leaders for the 117th Congress. Pelosi ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Speaker. The GOP will have House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
On January 3, The House of Representatives will elect the speaker when it convenes January 3. The candidate that wins the position of speaker requires an outright majority, which would be 218 votes out of 435.
During the last vote for the speakership, fifteen Democrats voted against Pelosi. Some election results are still being tallied, but it appears that 10 incumbent House Democrats have been defeated damaging morale within the party and squashing expectations of adding seats.
Eleven races still haven’t been called, but Democrats currently carry a 15-seat majority, but eleven races still have not been called yet.
Reportedly a lot of finger-pointing is going on within the House. Many believe that the Democratic party failed to win over minority and young liberal voters.
Many Democrats are calling for fresh leadership. Pelosi and House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., have been No. 1 and 2 House Democrats since 2003, House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., rose to the No. 3 ranks in 2007. Both Pelosi and Clyburn are in their 80s.
Pelosi served her first four in the 2000s then Republicans captured the House majority during the tea party election back in 2010. Many believe that the conservative uprising was a warning sign of the rise of Donald Trump.