Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi seemingly forgot to take her medication on Tuesday when she came unhinged during an interview with far-left CNN host Wolf Blitzer – calling him a “Republican apologist” for pressing her on stimulus.
Throughout the interview, Blitzer questioned Pelosi as to why she had rejected the most recent offer from the White House for a $1.8 trillion package that would deliver much needed aid to the American people.
Blitzer pointed out that Pelosi wrote to House Democrats that “the president only wants his name on a check to go out before election day and for the market to go up,” then asked Pelosi, “Is that what this is all about? To not allow the president to take credit that there’s a deal that will help millions of Americans right now?”
Pelosi answered, “I don’t care about that. He’s not that important. But let me say this, with all due respect, you really don’t know what you are talking about.”
Blitzer said of Americans, “They really need the money right now, and even members of your own caucus, Madame Speaker, wanted to accept this deal. 1.8 trillion dollars; Congressman Ro Khanna, a man you know well, I assume you admire him, he’s a Democrat, and he just said this, he said, ‘People in need can’t wait until February. 1.8 trillion is significant & more than twice the Obama stimulus — make a deal & put the ball in the McConnell court.’ So what do you say to Ro Khanna?”
“What I say to you is, I don’t know, you’re always an apologist,” an furious Pelosi retorted. “And many of your colleagues, apologists for the Republican position. Ro Khanna: that’s nice. That isn’t what we’re going to do. And nobody’s waiting until February.”
“We know the problem out there but there are millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, they can’t pay the rent, their kids need the food,” Blitzer persisted. “1.8 trillion dollars. The president just tweeted: ‘Stimulus: go big or go home.’ He wants even more right now, so why not work on a deal with him and don’t the perfect, as they say here in Washington, be the enemy of the good?”
Pelosi – seemingly having some sort of mental breakdown live on air – said, “Well, I will not let the wrong be the enemy of the right.”
Blitzer: “What’s wrong with 1.8 trillion dollars?”
Pelosi eventually became so flustered that she switched sides of the political spectrum with another verbal blunder. “I didn’t come over here to have — so you’re the apologist for the Obama — excuse me, G-d forbid.”
Blitzer, protesting, “Madam Speaker, I’m not an apologist. I’m asking you serious questions because so many people are in desperate need right now. Let me ask you this: when was the last time, Madam Speaker, you spoke with the president about this?”
Pelosi: “I don’t speak with the president. I speak with his representative.”
Blitzer, trying to be reasonable: “Why not? Why not call him and say, Mr. President, let’s work out a deal. It’s not going to be everything you want, it’s not going to be everything I want, but there are so many Americans right now who are in desperate need, let’s make a deal.”
The complete heated interview between Pelosi and Blitzer can be seen below:
The heated exchange comes after Pelosi refused the White House’s offer of a $1.8 trillion “compromise” deal on coronavirus relief almost immediately upon offering, and as Blitzer mentioned, some Democrats are pushing the Speaker to take the deal.
Andrew Yang, a former Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted point-blank at the Speaker over the weekend, telling Pelosi to “take the deal” or risk political fallout.
“Nancy Pelosi take this deal!” Andrew Yang said, directing her to the $1.8 trillion plan. “Put politics aside people are hurting.”
Former Obama administration bigwig Dan Pfeiffer agreed, telling Pelosi to ignore “potential risks” and ink the deal with President Donald Trump, sending relief to families in need instead of forcing them to wait until after the presidential election.
“While there are potential risks, Democrats should aggressively pursue a COVID Relief deal with Trump,” Pfeiffer tweeted.
“It’s the right thing to do, but the politics can also work in our favor,” Pfeiffer added, citing an op-ed that suggests Democrats will share both credit and blame — and would be better off sharing credit ahead of a contentious November election.
The deal doesn’t cover all of Democrats’ top priorities, but it does, reportedly, deliver a second round of $1200 stimulus checks to individual taxpayers, grants a small reprieve from student loan payments, and extends the supplemental federal unemployment benefit, though it lowers the weekly amount from $600 to $400 (it currently sits at $300, where applicable).
The bill also, according to experts, extends a hand to cities and states suffering from the economic fallout from coronavirus lockdowns, though it does not allow cities and states whose financial issues predate COVID-19 to claim benefits.
The final Democrat-authored coronavirus relief bill came in at $2.2 trillion, just around $400 billion less than the White House’s version.
Pelosi, though, called the deal a “step back” in a letter to colleagues.
“This proposal amounted to one step forward, two steps back,” she said, noting that it failed to include “strategic plan to crush the virus,” even though few entities are prepared to issue such a plan, even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC instead has remained focused on issuing temporary guidelines to control and limit coronavirus transmission as a coronavirus vaccine is being pursued.