McCarthy: Americans Gave Democrats a ‘Mandate Against Socialism’ in the Election

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) argues that the Americans have given President-elect Joe Biden a “strong mandate to lead.”

However, as House Democrats expected to hold the slimmest majority since World War II after they were expected to expand their majority, many lawmakers are arguing over what message voters are sending to their elected officials. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is arguing voters rejected a progressive agenda by choosing Republican candidates.

“I heard the speaker call it a mandate,” McCarthy said on Thursday, adding, “It was a mandate against socialism. It was a mandate against defunding the police. It was a mandate against wasting a majority that the Democrats have done for the last Congress.”

He continued, “While the Democrats praised socialism and advocated defund the police, our members made a commitment to America. That they would restore our way of life, rebuild our economy, and renew the American dream.”

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As of 12:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, Republicans had made a net gain of six seats in the House. There are still 15 races yet to be called, and Republicans are leading in several of them.

In the days leading up to the election, Democrats were expected to pick up as many as 15 seats. But, after a surprisingly strong performance by Republican candidates have made put a significant dent in Democrats’ majority.

After the election, House Democrats had a conference call where moderate lawmakers blamed their losses on the progressive wing of the party.

During the call, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) pointed to progressive causes as the reason for her party’s losses, “We need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again. … We lost good members because of that.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) accused moderate lawmakers of trying to appeal to white, suburban voters. She added, “To be real, it sounds like you are saying stop pushing for what Black folks want.”

“If we are classifying Tuesday as a success … we will get f***ing torn apart in 2022,” she added.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) warned her colleagues against assigning blame before they have more information about what led to the losses and argued, “The conversation is a little bit deeper than that … than just saying, ‘Anything progressive is toxic and a losing message.”

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) also suggested that the push to defund police departments hurt his party. 

During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” he suggested the push hampered South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Jamie Harrison. He said, “That stuff hurt Jaimie, and that’s why I spoke out against it a long time ago. I’ve always said that these headlines can kill a political effort.”

Shortly after the “defund the police” began to pick up steam following the death of George Floyd, Clyburn came out against the movement, as IJR reported.


  1. Lookin forward to seeing a lot of DINOs come out of the closet in the next two years.

  2. Gen,

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
    ~Abraham Lincoln

  3. James is confused by politics.

    The SS program WOULD be well funded if politicians didn’t try so hard to change and defund it. Disingenuous assholes, such as Paul Ryan, ran his whole politican career trying to get rid of it. The weak President-elect Joke Biden wanted / probably still wants to defund it / probably will TRY to defund it again.

    “We have more free programs to help our fellow Americans.”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Irony is abundant here today.

  4. Gen,

    Uh soft try. Social Security? Got to be kidding. For the record you have to have had a job for a long time to get SS and to have put in a lot of money. You never really get back all you put in as it goes to others that have not worked. We have more free programs to help our fellow Americans. And That is not working and you and Google that. It has failed since the 60s. So you can try but Socialism has never worked an millions have died trying to make it successful. We will always run out of other peoples money. Too many people want to get in the wagon and too few end up pulling the wagon.

  5. Phyllis: no, the centrists / moderates need to accept responsibility for running such poor campaigns that they either barely rewon their district (crybaby Spanberger) or they lost. The same goes for Joke Biden and his $15 minimum wage plank. He barely, rarely ever mentioned it, Florida passed it, AND he lost Florida. Ooops.

    BTW, isn’t it odd to claim to be a “centrist” in a two-party political system? That is confusing, so weird.

  6. Rashida really liked you on the OFFICE. What happened? OK stop pushing for what Black people want? you ask? WE ALL want something. Everyone gets what they want. No problem. Hows about working for it? Do not drop out of high school, do not have kids out of wedlock and get a job. If people do that 95% will stay above the poverty level. Get some free Pell Grants and get an Associates Degree even better. We cannot wave a magic wand and GIVE everyone what they want. It has to be a two way street.

  7. So Fred, Bernie has never won enough in two primaries to even get in the general election because he is a Socialist. And that has never worked anywhere successfully. Been to Cuba or Venezuela? People make bad career decisions at 19 and expect other people to bail them out at 40 yrs. old. Not my problem. I worked for every dime I have and started working at 13. My parents barely supported me and damned if I am giving my money to poor decision maker. Most of America agrees with me. Sorry.

  8. General, LOL, not surprised to see you weigh in on McCarthy’s remarks. You might like to believe that it wasn’t, but it was responsible for losses of moderate seats that were flipped in 2018.—Or were you thinking that the previous R districts ousted the D moderates because they were not sufficiently Left-wing? It is a fantasy world in which JD’s reside.

  9. Biden and the Democratic Party do not want to “defund the police.” That’s been a false claim only meant cause fear and anger among trumps gullible base. Hey, but go ahead and continue to beat a dead horse…😉

  10. I kind of doubt the whole ‘Mandate against socialism’ angle. Far more likely to have been a knee-jerk response to the defund the police and BLM. Regular people, especially those in high crime areas, are horrified at the idea. Reform the police, audit the police, more openness and accountability from the police. Everyone can get on board with reasonable reforms. Instead the crazies went immediately to defund the police. And paired that with riots. Completely predictable result – no one is talking about police reform any longer, at a time when police reform should be on the agenda. Almost as if it was planned.

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