Democrats Celebrate Health Care Bill Defeat, Despite Saying It’s Not a Celebration

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) made a speech on the Senate floor after the defeat of Republicans' attempt at at "skinny" Obamacare repeal on July 28 in which he said the Democrats "are not celebrating."

However, after Sen. John McCain's (R., Ariz.) "nay" vote that rendered the bill dead on the floor, Democratic senators took to the streets outside the Capitol in a celebration.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) walked up to a crowd of cheering citizens with her arms raised in victory. She proceeded to take photos with citizens who were chanting and cheering the bill's defeat.

Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in his speech that Democrats were "relieved" the bill was defeated.

People were chanting, "yes we did," "the people, united, will never be defeat," and even former President Barack Obama's famous campaign slogan,"yes we can."

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.) tweeted, "This is YOUR victory. It was YOUR fearless action, YOUR personal stories, & YOUR rallies that helped us #KillTheBill #ProtectOurCare" after the vote.

The morning after the bill's defeat, Democratic senators took a victory lap, appearing on multiple morning TV shows and holding press conferences where they flouted their victory.

"You know, last night was an amazing moment," Schumer said on MSNBC Friday morning, contradicting his comments the night before when he said they were not celebrating.

"I know it was a late night last night, but a victorious one for the American people," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.).

Katelyn Caralle

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Katelyn Caralle is a media analyst at the Washington Free Beacon. Before joining Free Beacon, Katelyn worked as a Digital Strategy Intern at The Heritage Foundation. She graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2016 where she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Voice.

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