The presidential election wasn’t the only political race to get attention in recent weeks. The races for the House and Senate garnered plenty of interest as well.
And for good reason, as there were many hotly contested races and both the House and Senate are very close in terms of the Republican/Democrat split.
However, it seems Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might’ve missed a few of the results.
During a virtual town hall meeting last week, a constituent asked the New York representative to discuss the many down-ballot losses Democrats suffered during the election.
People expected AOC to talk about the loss of several House seats, as well as the ongoing Senate race (a runoff in Georgia will determine if Republicans maintain their majority).
Instead, Ocasio-Cortez appeared to make a very big mistake concerning the current House situation.
From Fox News:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she and others are ‘extraordinarily’ disappointed by Democrats losing their majority in the House — despite the fact that the party actually maintained control of the lower chamber.
AOC clearly said that “the loss of the House majority is just extraordinarily upsetting to all of us.”
Now, it’s true that the Democrat majority in the House will shrink by at least 7 seats when all is said and done. That’ll make the Red/Blue margin tighter than it’s been in many years.
However, though some races haven’t yet been called, Democrats still control at least 219 seats. And you only need 218 to hold the majority.
Strangely enough, AOC either didn’t seem to know this, and didn’t acknowledge her mistake. She went on to say that it was “personally very difficult to lose these people,” though she didn’t specify any names.
AOC has recently said she wants Democrats to hold sway in the Senate so they “wouldn’t have to negotiate” with Republicans.
Many journalists and politicians have pondered the loss of those Democrat seats in the House. Some have said more radical leftist policies haven’t helped, and the Defund the Police movement hurt them as well.
But either way, Democrats still have the majority in the House.
Perhaps Ocasio-Cortez meant that it’ll be more difficult to control the House overall, given the extra seats Republicans picked up. But that isn’t what it sounded like during her speech.
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said it was “extraordinarily upsetting” to lose the House majority.
- However, Democrats already hold at least 218 seats in the House, which is all you need to hold the majority.
- AOC didn’t appear to acknowledge her mistake, which has caused some to wonder if she’s fully aware of the election results.
Source: Fox News