Nancy Pelosi: ‘2016—That Horrible Tragedy Happened in Our Country’

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 12, 2019 | 5:04 PM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking at a pen-and-pad briefing with reporters on Thursday, described the 2016 presidential election as a “horrible tragedy.”

“So, when 2016 – that horrible tragedy happened in our country---people said to me the next day, ‘Oh, do you think you can win the House?’” said Pelosi.

“I said, ‘I will tell you in one year,’” she said. “‘In one year, we’ll see what his numbers are and that will have an impact on who runs.’”

“It turns out, numbers were terrible,” said Pelosi. “We got the A-team, they got the retirements and we had tremendous victory in 2018.”

Here is an excerpt from Pelosi’s briefing where she explained how she analyzes election prospects:

“Just going back in time, I’ve always said that I can almost predict how well we do in an election one year in advance. Because one year in advance is where you see where the president of the party is. In other words, incumbent President’s party in the polls and where that president is.

“So, when 2016 – that horrible tragedy happened in our country, people said to me the next day, ‘Oh, do you think you can win the House?’

“I said, ‘I will tell you in one year. In one year, we’ll see what his numbers are and that will have an impact on who runs.’

“It turns out, numbers were terrible. We got the A-team, they got the retirements and we had tremendous victory in 2018.

“Now, why I say this is a similar thing--now, we go to 2019 and where the President is in 2019, if he’s still in the 40s they have a big problem.

“But nonetheless, on the positive side for us, what we will be sure to do is make sure that our incumbents are fortified.”

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