The political landscape is shifting under Donald Trump.
The White House is in chaos, with the president facing multiple investigations into his administration and a congressional investigation into whether he obstructed justice during the 2016 presidential campaign.
House Democrats have also been pushing for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign.
Now, Democrats are looking to use the 2018 midterms as a template for an electoral push to force Republicans out of the White House.
In a statement Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she has “no illusions” that the party can win back control of the House and Senate, and that Democrats would take the fight to the White Hill.
She cited House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) plan to replace Ryan’s proposed health care bill, the American Health Care Act, and said Democrats “will use the midterm election to press Republicans to return to the bargaining table on healthcare reform, which the American people want, not the Republicans.”
Pelosi said Republicans have a responsibility to deliver on the promise they made in the 2016 campaign to deliver healthcare reform to the American public.
Pelosi and other Democrats have long argued that the Trump administration is not fulfilling its promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Pelosi said that the president’s decision to “cancel” the American Healthcare Act “was not an action taken on a whim.
It was a decision that was made to secure the best possible deal for the American American people.”
Pelosi’s statement came a day after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D, N.Y.) said he and House Democrats are “looking to make sure the president takes a more proactive role in shaping the American health care system.”
The House Democrats’ move comes after a series of events this week that have highlighted the divisions within the Democratic Party over Trump and the 2018 midterm elections.
On Wednesday, Pelosi released a list of eight priorities for Democrats to fight Trump and his agenda.
The Democrats plan to push to repeal the American Taxpayer Relief Act, a bill that Trump and congressional Republicans signed into law to help pay for the Affordable Act.
The legislation was passed on a party-line vote in December, and it’s been widely panned as an expensive tax hike that will make the country less competitive and more vulnerable to Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Health Care Care Act and other progressive initiatives.
The list of priorities also includes support for the Keystone XL pipeline, an environmental law that Trump has opposed and that’s been opposed by Republicans, and a proposal to increase the minimum wage.
The president also announced Friday that he will announce a new budget that will include an increase in military spending.
“The American people are tired of a president who can’t deliver,” Pelosi said.
“We are determined to send a clear message to President Trump and to Congress that we are going to deliver for you.”
House Democratic leaders have been pushing hard for the party to use a midterm election for an agenda to push Republicans out.
In fact, on Friday, Pelosi said Democrats will use the upcoming midterms to “push Republicans out” of the presidency.
“Democrats will take the race to the nation’s capital on Oct. 20, 2018, to demand that Republicans return to Washington and fulfill their promise to the people of this country,” Pelosi wrote in a statement.
“Our fight is not over, and we will not stop until we do what’s right.
We will push Republican lawmakers out of office in 2018 by challenging them to meet their commitments and show they are working to deliver an Affordable Care and Job-Aging America.”
The Democrats’ focus on the midterm elections will likely intensify as the 2018 election draws near, with Democrats hoping to use their leverage in the midterm contests to gain control of Congress and get rid of Republican majorities in the Senate and House.
Pelosi’s comments come just days after Democrats announced plans to spend $3 million on a digital ad campaign to promote their message that Republicans don’t care about the American working class and that their priorities are a continuation of Trump’s.
In addition to the House Democratic agenda, the Democrats plan also includes an ad campaign aimed at highlighting Trump’s role in the opioid crisis.
The House Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said the ads will focus on Trump’s failure to take a leadership role in addressing the crisis, and will highlight his administration’s failure “to make a dent in opioid addiction and the opioid overdose death toll in America.”
“We will use our leverage and the power of the office to press for more money to fight back against President Trump’s reckless policies that have cost tens of thousands of Americans their lives,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D of Maryland), who is leading the ad campaign.
“While we’re disappointed that the President has failed to act on his campaign promise to tackle opioid addiction, we can’t let our frustration and anger at his inability to get the attention of the American voter cloud our efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in 2018.”
Democrats have been working on the ad efforts for weeks.
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