House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lost control on CNN today, snapping at host Dana Bash when she was asked a question about coronavirus lock-downs mentioned on the Twitter page of President Donald Trump.
Pelosi was talking about negotiations on a coronavirus stimulus deal when she became visibly annoyed when Bash asked her to respond to a tweet of President Trump’s.
“Where do you stand and more importantly what is your message to the president about the time frame here and what should lead here, the economy or health care?” asked Bash.
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“Well, there doesn’t have to be a contradiction there,” Pelosi fired back. “Our economy will thrive when our people are well, and able to go back to work in groups, and collaborate on the enthusiasms that they have in their entrepreneurial spirit or in the workplace, that they thrive and our children can go back to school.”
“But central to all of that is stopping the spread of the disease, of the coronavirus. It’s central to that,” she added, becoming increasingly angry. “So I don’t have time to follow people’s twits, tweets, twitters, whatever, tweets, so don’t expect me to comment on them.”
“Well, even beyond Twitter, the president of the United States is saying that he could open it up,” Bash pressed.
“I don’t care!” Pelosi said as she interrupted the host. “I don’t care! I don’t care! I don’t care!”
“What is your opinion on that?” Bash asked, undeterred by the speaker’s outburst.
“My opinion is that it’s not scientific; he’s notion-mongering as he does almost every day, so rather than waste any time on commenting on the president, I would rather spend our time focusing on the fact that any president or anybody with responsibility should be scientifically inclined. Evidence-based, data, what is going to make the difference?” Pelosi said.
“I think the cure is the biggest message of hope that is out there. We have the best minds in the country, 24/7, all hands on deck, trying to find a path here. And that is what will be the light at the end of the tunnel,” she continued. “What the president is suggesting is that that light at the end of the tunnel could be a train coming at us if people are out and about in a way that spreads the disease further.”
“What the President is suggesting…that light at the end of the tunnel, could be a train coming at us if people are out and about.” House Speaker Pelosi responds to the President suggesting he’d like to reopen the economy, adding “I don’t want to waste any energy on his tweets” pic.twitter.com/HPJWzIvpqk
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The pressure is clearly starting to get to Pelosi as she continues to try and politicize the coronavirus pandemic for her own personal gain. Her outburst on CNN came hours after Republicans and Democrats finally came to an agreement on a coronavirus stimulus package following days of bickering.
Much of Pelosi’s frustrations likely stem from the fact that her efforts to pin the coronavirus pandemic on Trump have failed miserably. Americans have seen right through her attempts to spin the government response to the pandemic in a way that would make Trump look bad, and the president is looking better than ever as he leads us through the crisis. Pelosi can see that the writing is on the wall, and Democrats’ chances of getting Trump out of office come November are getting slimmer and slimmer by the day. It sure isn’t fun to be Nancy Pelosi right now.