Jackson Lee: Dems got 'hit with a Mack truck' for standing by their values

The liberal lawmaker stressed Friday that Democrats need to keep their "value-based message" but lamented that "sometimes you get hit with a Mack truck when you're standing on the right side of right."

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), a member of the Progressive Caucus, said Democrats need to stick to their message, regardless of the Republican majority in the House attained on Election Day.

“And when we go into this new Congress, we need to stand for our values, and our values are job creation and equality,” she said on MSNBC Friday evening. “Democrats have values, and we need to show them on our sleeves, on billboards, wherever we go.”

Jackson Lee described differences between Democratic and Republican ideals, and said Democrats look to give everyone “a stair-step up the ladder of opportunity.” She said Republicans do not do the same.

“Every time a Democrat has had to come in with a big broom and sweep up the mess of a Republican — FDR, after Hoover, and the mess of the 1929 collapse — we've created decades of opportunity for people who never thought of an opportunity,” said Jackson. “So if you want to hold on to the true American dream, we're the dream keepers.”

Democrats will face an uphill climb against a Republican House majority in the upcoming Congress. But Jackson Lee was confident Democrats will be back to claim the majority.

“We're in the business to fight to tell our story, but I tell you, if you want to turn the lights off and close the doors, then you don't listen to the Democrats,” she said.

“And we're coming back. You can be assured of that.”