According to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Republicans will be able to maintain control of the House because of Democrats being “out of touch”.
“I think we hold the House,” Scalise told Fox News.
To clarify Scalise pointed to Democrats recent and violent rhetoric against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He reasoned that this behavior will actually deter Democratic voter turnout.
In reference to Democrats’ hostility, he said, “This isn’t what politics is about in America.”
“Margaret Thatcher used to say, ‘first you win the argument, then you win the vote,’” Scalise recalled. “They’re not winning the argument if they’re resorting to violence, and ultimately they’ll lose the vote if they continue to call on violence.”
Condemning the recent violent outbursts, Scalise urged Republican as well as Democrat leaders to stand up against it — “There’s no place for it.”
Attorney General Eric Holder is a recent example of such an exchange. In a response to former first lady Michelle Obama’s line while campaigning for Democrats, Holder said “When they go low, we go high,” is not enough and that there is a “new Democratic party.”
“No. When they go low, we kick them,” Holder said.
“You resolve your differences at the ballot box, you don’t resort to violence,” Scalise said.
After gaining media attention, Holder explained about his comment stating he was “obviously not advocating violence.”
Regarding the GOP, Scalise told Fox News, “You feel a lot of momentum right now our way.”
Scalise also mentioned that the scene that played out in the Kavanaugh hearings angered people, turning them from Democrats. He also added that with the economy, “they like what they’re seeing.”
“You’re seeing an economy that’s booming, and yet Democrats want to raise taxes, they want to abolish ICE,” Scalise said. “They’ve got a very leftist agenda that’s out of touch with the people I’m talking to when I go to swing districts.”