Minority Leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the first Black leader of either major US political party, drew cheers and sneers as he made his first official speech as the new highest-ranking Democrat in the chamber.
In his inspiring 15-minute address to the 118th Congress, Jeffries first paid tribute to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), assuring that his party would still work to “extend our hand of partnership” across the aisle.
He then seemed to channel the legendary Rev. Jesse Jackson, as he did the ABCs of Democracy before turning over the gavel to Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who finally became the newly elected Speaker of the House after a historic 15 rounds of intense voting.
Check out the epic speech:
“We will never compromise our principles. House Democrats will always put:
American values over autocracy
Benevolence over bigotry
Constitution over the cult
Democracy over demagogues.
Economic opportunity over extremism
Freedom over fascism
Governing over gaslighting
Hopefulness over hatred
Inclusion over isolation
Justice over judicial overreach
Knowledge over kangaroo courts
Liberty over limitation
Maturity over Mar-a-Lago
Normalcy over negativity
Opportunity over obstruction
People over politics
Quality of life issues over QAnon
Reason over racism
Substance over slander
Triumph over tyranny
Understanding over ugliness
Voting rights over voter suppression
Working families over the well connected
Xenia* over xenophobia
Yes, we can over you can’t do it
Zealous representation over zero sum confrontation.”
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