House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) has just become the first African-American to lead a party in the history of Congress and he is already getting calls to run for the next president of the United States, all thanks to a riveting, almost rap-like speech that he delivered to the newly-seated House of Representatives in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“We do extend our hand of partnership to you and want to make clear that we extend and intend to try to find common ground whenever and wherever possible on behalf of the American people,” Jeffries said to applause. “Not as Democrats, not as Republicans, not as independents, but as Americans. But I also want to make clear that we will never compromise our principles.”
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He also proceeded to throw shade at the Republicans in the House.
“House Democrats will always put American values over autocracy, benevolence over bigotry, the Constitution over the cult, democracy over demagogues, economic opportunity over extremism, freedom over fascism, governing over gaslighting, hopefulness over hatred, inclusion over isolation, justice over judicial overreach, knowledge over kangaroo courts, liberty over limitation, maturity over Mar-a-Lago, normalcy over negativity, opportunity over obstruction, people over politics, quality of life issues over QAnon, reason over racism, substance over slander, triumph over tyranny, understanding over ugliness, voting rights over voter suppression, working families over the well-connected, xenial over xenophobia, ‘Yes we can’ over ‘You can do it,’ and zealous representation over zero-sum confrontation,” he added.
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His speech won the hearts of many on social media, some of whom were quick to compare him to former President Barack Obama and suggest that Jeffries might be on his way to become the next POTUS.
“Hakeem Jeffries is Obama 2.0, and WILL be president one day, would you support that?” one of the Twitter users tweeted, while another noted, “#saturdaynight If U observed Hakeem Jeffries ,You witnessed the testimony of Truth,love 4Amer. &verbalized Democracy using the letters A-Z ,He’s brilliant like Obama 2.0 Katie Porter Your demeanor was everything !Congratulations Hakeem & Thanku Nancy Pelosi.”
One more noted, “And Hakeem Jeffries stole poor Kevin’s thunder. What an incredible speaker. Do we have Obama 2.0 on our hands.” Another commented, “Hakeem Jeffries is Obama 2.0. Both Barack Obama and Hakeem Jeffries were born on August 4th. Both Barack Obama and Hakeem Jeffries inspire us. Hakeem will follow in Barack’s footsteps and will be President someday. We will have our 2nd Black President.”