And they've been winning a lot.
The president wrote Thursday: "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out".
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., confronted her critics - both Republicans and Democrats - on Thursday after Democratic losses in Tuesday's House special elections brought new scrutiny to her leadership and fresh calls for her to step aside lest she drag down her party's candidates in the 2018 midterms.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that next year could be the year they take back control of the House.
"The issue I think strategically is that Trump energizes their base and Leader Pelosi energizes their base", said Rep.
"With Hollywood elites and Nancy Pelosi bankrolling his campaign, it's no secret that Ossoff would rubber stamp Pelosi's failed agenda of bigger government and more spending", Corey Bliss, executive director of the GOP-friendly Congressional Leadership Fund, said just before the Georgia election. "The adds made sure that Pelosi's supposed San Francisco liberalism and Jon Ossoff were indistinguishable, as you can see in these ads".
Why the relentless focus on the Democratic congresswoman from San Francisco?
"I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly", she said.
Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for minority leader past year, told Business Insider he did not know how Democrats could take the House in 2018 if the GOP was successfully able to convince independents and Republicans that a vote for a Democratic candidate is essentially a vote for Pelosi's leadership. "One of the disappointing things from the last couple days is that that approach has a little bit of punch to it, it still moves voters".
Some Democrats have called the resistance to Mr Trump electric.
"When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun", Pelosi said. "If we don't, then I think it's incumbent upon her and all of us to reassess who our leadership should be".
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But Mr Johnson did not say that in evidence on Wednesday before the House intelligence committee. But that's not what Johnson said.
Wednesday, Pelosi stressed that now was the time for Democrats to come together.
"My decision about how long I stay is not up to them", Pelosi, who is 77, told reporters. But the Pelosi attacks on the House side have been consistent for years.
Yes, while nearly all other Democrats and liberals are in a mournful mood, Yglesias is out there enthusiastically shaking his pom-poms with his laughable analysis in which he determines yet more bad news for Republicans. "She is a great leader".
"The Democratic Party needs new leadership now".
Rep. Nancy Pelosi in front of Capitol on Thursday.
Democrats also lost a special election in SC on Tuesday in a race Republicans were widely expected to win.
Republicans' ability to effectively use Pelosi as their bogeyman in Georgia was especially stark when contrasted with the Democrats' tactics there. "And you can't get away from the fact that in Georgia this was seen as a test of whether the resistance by Democrats was going to overpower the Republicans or whether the Trump vote would hold".
And progressive activists' willingness to pour millions of dollars' worth of small-dollar online contributions into Ossoff's campaign - donations fueled nearly entirely by a desire to deal Trump a political setback - was what convinced Democrats to take the race seriously.
Democrats were hesitant to attack the President in such a historically heavily Republican district.
Neera Tanden, the head of the progressive think tank Center for American Progress, tweeted that Democrats needed to hit back much harder.