WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell chastised Democrats Thursday for choosing “election denier” Hakeem Jeffries to lead the party in the House. 

Jeffries, who reps parts of Brooklyn and Queens, has previously questioned the authenticity of the 2016 election in multiple Twitter posts spanning several years after former President Donald Trump’s win, including a November 2020 tweet saying “history will never accept [Trump] as a legitimate President.”

“The newly elected incoming leader of House Democrats is a past election denier who basically said the 2016 election was ‘illegitimate’ and suggested that we had a ‘fake president,’” McConnell (R-Ky.) said. “He’s also mounted reckless attacks on our independent judiciary, and said that justices who he didn’t like have ‘zero legitimacy.’”

The Republican leader alleged Democrats acted hypocritically by selecting Jeffries despite their feverish objections to Trump’s claim that the 2020 presidential election was rife with voter fraud.

“Many of the same individuals and institutions on the political left, who spent the years 2017 through 2020 yelling about the importance of norms and institutions, have themselves not hesitated to undermine our institutions when they’re unhappy with a given outcome,” McConnell said.

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Mitch McConnell alleged Democrats acted hypocritically by selecting Jeffries.
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Hakeem Jeffries represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
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McConnell’s comments came after GOP lawmakers and the Republican National Committee on Wednesday night called out Jeffries for the same reason.

“Hakeem Jeffries called the 2016 election ILLEGITIMATE. Why are Democrats electing an ELECTION DENIER to lead their party? Where is the media outrage labeling Jeffries a THREAT to Democracy?” Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) said in a tweet Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, RNC staffer Kyle Martinsen posted a Twitter thread highlighting eight times Jeffries “denied election results.” Most were a collection of Jeffries’ tweets from 2017-2020, including one in which he claimed congressional elections had been “stolen by rogue Republican operatives.”

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Donald Trump’s election sparked objections from Hakeem Jeffries.
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Jeffries, 52, went unopposed in a caucus election Wednesday to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as leader of the House Democrats, becoming the first black person elected to the post. 





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