WASHINGTON — A triumphant House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to regain her gavel for a third stint as House majority leader, gave a rousing victory speech for her party Tuesday night.
Speaking at about 11:30 p.m. EST, she thanked the Democratic candidates’ volunteers, whom she called “VIPs: our volunteers in politics.”
“Thanks to you, we owned the ground,” the Democrat from California said to cheers and applause. “Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America.”
Pelosi praised the “dynamic, diverse, incredible candidates who have taken back the House for the American people.”
“Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans; it’s about restoring the Constitution checks and balances to the Trump administration,” she said.
Earlier in the evening, White House Secretary Sarah Sanders had said that she did not expect President Donald Trump to call Pelosi if the Democrats retook the House. But he did end up calling her as well as other prominent Democrats.
“Tonight, President Trump called [Senate Majority] Leader Mitch McConnell to congratulate him on the historic senate gains. He also spoke with Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi,” Sanders said in a statement released Wednesday shortly before 12:30 a.m. EST. “The President called to congratulate Rick Scott, Mike DeWine, Kevin Cramer, Josh Hawley, Brian Kemp, and Ron DeSantis. Lastly, the President talked to Sen. [Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer. He and the Vice President will continue to make calls tonight and tomorrow.”
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, confirmed on his Twitter feed that Trump did indeed reach out to her.
President Trump called Leader Pelosi at 11:45 p.m. this evening to extend his congratulations on winning a Democratic House Majority. He acknowledged the Leader’s call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) November 7, 2018