Conway: Pelosi reelection shows Dems missed lessons of 2016

Conway: Pelosi reelection shows Dems missed lessons of 2016
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Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE, chided Democrats for reelecting longtime House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) to her leadership role Wednesday, arguing they missed a chance to learn from Trump's presidential win. 

The former Trump campaign manager made the comment on Twitter after reposting a tweet reporting Pelosi's victory over Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) by a margin of 134 to 63. 

"What a relief," Conway tweeted. 

Conway's comment comes hours after she told an audience in Washington that Trump's election saved the Republican Party from "veering dangerously close to being the party of the elites" and said that Democrats have a similar choice with the day's leadership elections. 

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"That’s also something the Democratic Party is going to grapple with when you have leadership races between an aforementioned member of Congress who represents a working-class district versus those who represent San Francisco," she said. 

That echoes the statement released by the Republican National Committee a few hours later, which said the Democrats "doubled down on the status quo." 

Ryan had sought to challenge Pelosi's hold on the party's top spot, arguing that his Midwestern roots made him a better pick to lead a party that lost the election in no small part because of Trump's success with rural and working-class voters. 

But two-thirds of the Democratic caucus stood by Pelosi and her years of experience as leader, with a broad coalition of lawmakers giving nominating speeches in support of her reelection.