Election naysayer Hakeem Jeffries could replace Pelosi as House Democrat leader

The leading candidate to succeed Nancy Pelosi as the next House Democratic leader is the 2016 election deniers who openly claimed that former President Donald Trump was an “illegal” president.

Speaker of the House Democratic Conference Hakeem Jeffries announced on Friday He is running to lead the Democratic Party in the upcoming Congress. With no other challengers emerging so far, he appears to have a clear path to the task, and he’s earned praise from several Democrats.

Jeffries, however, was one of many Democrats who questioned whether Trump legally won the 2016 election due to alleged Russian interference and collusion. ‘s victory, Trump often made remarks similar to his claim that the 2020 race was stolen.

“The more we learn about 2016, the more illegal it becomes,” Jeffries tweeted from his 2018 Congressional account. ‘America deserves to know if there is a fake president in the Oval Office’

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Hakeem Jeffries (DN.Y.) could be the next leader of the Democratic Party to replace Nancy Pelosi.

“History will never accept you as its legitimate president,” Jeffries tweeted about Trump in 2020 from his personal account.


Jeffries also claimed Trump cheated in the 2016 election by claiming he could be “Russian property.”

“Lies (more than any administration in the history of the republic.) Cheat (2016 election/Russian interference). Could it be?” Jeffries tweeted.

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Is Donald Trump?… A. Legitimate President… B. Russian Asset… C. Organized Crime Boss… D. Helpful Idiot,” Jeffries tweeted in 2019. “The American people deserve to know.”

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries speaking outside the Capitol

Jeffries’ candidacy predictably divides Republicans and Democrats in the House.

Democrats have been criticizing Trump for nearly two years now for his rejection of the 2020 election results. But this week, when Jeffries was asked if he still believed Russia stole Trump in the 2016 election, Jeffries’ office said it was still the case, according to Fox News. “His observations about the Florida man who was impeached twice speak for themselves,” he told Digital.

Jeffries’ candidacy predictably divides Republicans and Democrats in the House.

“He’s further to the left Nancy PelosiRep. James Comer, R-Ky., said Friday on “Fox & Friends.” “And that’s the Democratic Party’s problem.”

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“I’m a big fan of Hakeem. I think he’s very smart and the right person to bring consensus to the caucuses. And I think he’ll be an outstanding leader.” Progressive Caucus Member Rep. Mark PokanWisconsin Democrats told Fox News Digital.

Fox News’ Jason Stine contributed to this report.