Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a top contender to replace outgoing Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, has smeared pro-life Americans repeatedly in recent years, describing half the country as a “threat” and “yahoos” for believing babies in the womb deserve to be protected from violence.

Fox News reports Jeffries, who represents New York City, is favored to become the House Minority Leader in 2023 after Pelosi and two other top Democrats announced Thursday that they will not seek leadership roles next year. Republicans won control of the House in the midterm election earlier this month.

Along with Pelosi, Democrat House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Whip Jim Clyburn also said they will not run for leadership roles next year. Jeffries currently serves as the House Democratic Caucus Chair.

Only one pro-life Democrat still serves in the U.S. House, so any leader chosen will be pro-abortion. But Jeffries does not just have a pro-abortion voting record. He also has been openly hostile toward pro-life Americans, including earlier this year when pro-life organizations were hit with a crime wave of arson, vandalism and other violence.

During a July press conference, Jeffries blasted pro-lifers as “extreme on reproductive freedom.”

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“The threat right now in this country to the American people are extreme MAGA Republicans,” the Democrat leader said. “That’s the threat. That’s the problem. That’s the crisis that we confront, extreme MAGA Republicans. Why? They are extreme on reproductive freedom.”

A year earlier, Jeffries called pro-life Texans a “bunch of yahoos” for passing a ban on abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. Various state and national polls have shown about half of all Americans support heartbeat laws. And new research indicates the law has saved as many as 10,000 unborn babies’ lives so far.

Democrat leaders like Jeffries want to undo life-saving laws like the Texas heartbeat legislation with a bill nicknamed the Abortion Without Limits Up to Birth Act, one of their top legislative priorities. The “codify Roe” bill would force states to legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth and force taxpayers to pay for them. The bill, which Democrats named the Women’s Health Protection Act, also would end parental consent for minors and jeopardize conscience protections for doctors and nurses who refuse to abort unborn babies.

The legislation is extreme and out of touch with most Americans. Polls consistently show that Americans support limits on abortion, including parental consent and bans on taxpayer funding for elective abortions.

Other possible candidates for the House leadership position include U.S. Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, and Adam Schiff, D-California, according to the report.

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