Video: Nancy Pelosi Flubs Victory Speech—‘Let’s Hear it More for Pre-existing Medical Conditions!’

Nancy Pelosi encouraged supporters to cheer for pre-existing medical conditions in a flub during her midterms victory speech.

The Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, whose party just flipped control back from the Republicans, retained her California seat with over 85 percent of the vote.

“Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans, it’s about restoring the constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” Pelosi, 78, said at the election night party in Washington D.C.

“It’s about stopping the GOP and Mike—Mitch—McConnell’s assaults on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the health care of 130 million Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions.”

Then, raising her fist in the air, Pelosi declared: “Let’s hear it more for pre-existing medical conditions!”

Democrats accuse the Republicans of seeking to remove coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions from government-funded health insurance plans.

The Republican Party tried and failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. 

But Republicans say it is not true that they wish to remove protection from people with pre-existing conditions.

GOP Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina said it is “a false narrative for Democrats to come in and say if you elect Republicans we’re going to take that away. We’re doing everything we can…to make sure we protect pre-existing conditions," The Hill reported.

Pelosi has been the top House Democrat for 16 years, including four years as speaker. In 2007, she became the first woman to be elected speaker of the House—a role she wants again now Democrats have regained control.  

But many Democrats ahead of the midterms said they would not vote for her to be speaker for reasons including that she is too polarizing and too old to lead a new generation of Democratic House members. A speaker will be chosen by the end of November.

The crowd chanted “speaker, speaker, speaker” as Pelosi took to the stage on Tuesday night.

Acknowledging the people who campaigned on the ground to secure the House again for the Democrats, Pelosi said: “Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America. Remember this feeling—know the power to win.”

And “more than anything,” Pelosi said, the election is “about what a new Democratic majority will mean in the lives of hardworking Americans. That’s what it’s about—Democrats pledge a Congress that works for the people.”  

With 411 of 435 seats declared at the time of writing, the Democrats were on 218 against the Republicans’ 193 in the House.

This article was updated to include more background information.

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