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Democratic Rep. Comes Out Against Pelosi Overturning Election Race: It Would Be ‘Painful’ for America

    Rep. Dean Phillips is breaking from his party. He is calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give up her mission to overturn an exceedingly tight Iowa House race.

    The race in Iowa’s second district was awarded to Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, defeating her opponent Rita Hart by just six votes.

    “Losing a House election by six votes is painful for Democrats,” Phillips said on Twitter. “But overturning it in the House would be even more painful for America.”

    “Just because a majority can, does not mean a majority should,” added Phillips.

    Meanwhile, Politico is reporting that the Democratic leadership has given authorization to the party to steal the seat.

    “A source close to the process confirmed to Playbook that the effort to oust Mariannette Miller-Meeks in favor of Rita Hart has been blessed by the top echelons of House Democratic leadership,” the publication reported Monday.

    On Sunday, Speaker was confronted on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” about the election she is trying to overturn.

    The Sunday morning interview turned to an Iowa House race that has been decided for the Republicans by just a slight margin of six votes.

    “We’re going to Iowa’s second Congressional district,” Stephanopoulos said. “The GOP Congresswoman Marjorie [sic] Miller-Meeks won a razor-close election. The votes were counted, recounted, certified by the state.”

    “But the House Administration Committee began a process this week that could lead to unseating the Congresswoman. That has Republicans accusing you of hypocrisy, including Jim Jordan. He put out this tweet…”

    “Speaker Pelosi says she’s open to unseating Republican Congresswoman Miller-Meeks. Translation: You’re only allowed to object to an election if you’re a Democrat.”

    “Why investigate an election that was certified by the state?” Stephanopolous asked.

    “Well, it’s six votes,” Pelosi responded. “There were six votes. And our candidate, Rita Hart, a Democratic candidate, asked for this process to begin.”

    “What the committee did, the House Administration Committee, was very narrow,” Pelosi continued, “To take the process to the next step and see where it goes from there.”

    “An election, six votes out of 400,000 votes cast,” she reiterated. “This is not unique. This has happened even when you were in the Capitol before, when races have been close one side or the other saying, ‘let’s take it to the House.’

    “Because even Justice Scalia agreed that the House has the authority to seat members and therefore, we can count the votes,” Pelosi said. “Six votes out of 400,000.”

    Senate Minority Mitch McConnell had earlier railed against Pelosi’s move while on the Senate floor on Thursday.

    “Right now as we speak, Speaker Pelosi and Washington Democrats are literally trying to overturn a state-certified election here in Congress. That’s exactly what they’re doing over in the House right now,” McConnell said.

    “The outcome was certified. That’s the magic word, certified, that we heard over and over again in November and December. … the process played out in a way that every liberal in America spent November, December and January insisting was beyond question,” McConnell added.

    It looks like all of Speaker Pelosi’s railing against Republicans objecting to election results in January was just politically expedient hyperbole. The Democrats are revealing themselves as liars and political opportunists.

    If the Democrats are willing to steal an election in broad daylight now, what prevented them from stealing elections in the shadows in November?


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