(CNS News) -- Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who reportedly is running to lead the House Democrats in the next Congress, was an outspoken "election denier" in 2016, claiming that Donald Trump was "artificially" placed in the presidency by Russia. He also claimed the election was "illegitimate."
In February 2018, Jeffries, who is chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, tweeted, “The more we learn about the 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes. America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office.”
In May 2019 he said in Congress, “Russia interfered with our election, attacked our democracy for the sole purpose of artificially placing someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. They were successful.”
In 2019, Election Denier Hakeem Jeffries said Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and “artificially” made Trump president. pic.twitter.com/ZMhngEMkOl— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 18, 2022
On Nov. 18, 2022, Fox News reported, “House Democratic Conference Chair Hakeem Jeffries announced Friday he's running to lead Democrats in the next Congress. He appears to have a clear path to the job since no other challenger has emerged so far, and he has won praise from several Democrats.”
“But Jeffries was one of many Democrats who questioned whether Trump legitimately won the 2016 election due to alleged Russian interference and collusion,” reported Fox News. “He often made statements about Trump's 2016 victory that are similar to claims Trump made about the 2020 race being stolen.”
In 2018, Jeffries tweeted, “LIE (more than any administration in the history of the Republic). CHEAT (2016 election / Russian Interference). STEAL (one or two Supreme Court seats). When will Republicans put country ahead of party?”
Meet Election Denier Hakeem Jeffries — the new leader of the House Democrats. pic.twitter.com/vCh19NsLQx— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 17, 2022
He also tweeted about the 2020 election, “Let’s be clear Donald. The only person trying to steal the election is YOU. (and your buddies in the Kremlin).”
Fox News further reported, “Democrats have criticized Trump for nearly two years now for his rejection of the 2020 election results. But when asked this week if Jeffries still believes Russia stole the 2016 election for Trump, Jeffries' office indicated that is still the case and told Fox News Digital his "observations about the twice-impeached Florida man speak for themselves."