Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden displayed his proneness for gaffes once again at a press conference on Tuesday during which he either demoted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the minority party or confused her with other congressional leaders, Breitbart reported.
The misstatement came in response to a reporter’s question about whether Biden, preemptively declared by the media to be the “president-elect,” would immediately begin to work with Congress to get things done even while President Donald Trump remains in office until January.
Which “minority leader”?
In response to whether he would work with Speaker Pelosi on coronavirus relief efforts during the remainder of Trump’s “lame duck” period, Biden said, “Well, I have spoken to the leader and spoken to the minority leader in the house, and one of the urgent things that need be done is people need relief right now.”
Here’s video — possible he meant Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pic.twitter.com/jEIO7z3yZl
— Christian Datoc (@TocRadio) November 10, 2020
As Breitbart pointed out, Pelosi is the House Speaker, not the “leader” of the majority or minority party. The “minority leader in the House” is Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who has confirmed to multiple media outlets that he has not, in fact, had any such conversations with Biden.
Daily Caller reporter Christian Datoc surmised that Biden’s mention of the “minority leader in the House” may actually have been in reference to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Fox reported.
Many possible mistakes
Fox News reported that it has confirmed with McCarthy’s office that the Republican leader had not spoken with Biden since the election.
It has also been confirmed by multiple outlets that Biden has had conversations since the election with both Pelosi and Schumer.
With that being the case, it is obvious that Biden made some sort of mistake during his press conference, either relegating Pelosi to the minority leader role or getting McCarthy and Schumer — as well as the House and Senate — mixed up in his muddled response.
Pelosi’s speaker days are numbered
As things stand, albeit with about a dozen races still yet to be called, it appears that the Democratic Party, despite losing several seats, will retain a slim majority in the House for the next two-year term.
That said, perhaps Biden didn’t slip or maybe he knows something that others don’t. In response to the underwhelming performance of House Democrats in the election, there is rumbling of a movement among some on the left to replace Pelosi with a new speaker, the New York Post reported.
Regardless, all signs indicate that Pelosi is nearing the end of her run as House speaker, and it simply remains to be seen if that end is due to voters placing Republicans in control or her own party forcing her aside.