On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at CNN host Wolf Blitzer. Blitzer accused Pelosi of slowing down the $1.8 trillion economic stimulus bill – after she tried for weeks to meet Republicans at the table. In response, Pelosi accused Blitzer of being a “Republican apologist,” alluding to the weak-kneed Republicans who criticize Trump but then don’t do anything about it.
Blitzer’s on-air accusation that Pelosi was holding up the stimulus bill enraged the Congresswoman from California. She did not hold back her fire when she told the long-time CNN host that he didn’t know what he was talking about regarding this particular issue. Blitzer was ready to fight the House Speaker. He lashed back with his complaint that Pelosi’s allies in Congress, other Democrats, wanted her to agree to Trump’s terms and get the bill through so average Americans can get some relief during the coronavirus pandemic even if it is not nearly what Pelosi wanted to give to citizens.
Blitzer threw out names like former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and fellow California Democrat Ro Khanna when telling Pelosi that she was standing alone against Trump. This pushed the 80-year-old politician over the edge because she has been feeling pressure from other Democrats over the last few days to reach a compromise with Trump and his GOP cronies.
While the stock market continues to soar, average Americans are struggling. And with coronavirus cases expected to rise sharply over the next few weeks as we head into winter, an economic stimulus is needed now – and cannot wait until February.
When Blitzer bashed Pelosi for not caving to Trump’s demands, she said:
“I don’t know why you’re always an apologist — and many of your colleagues, apologists for the Republican position,” Pelosi said after Blitzer name-dropped Democrats in support of Trump’s plan. “Ro Khanna, that’s nice. That isn’t what we’re going to do. And nobody’s waiting until February.”
Under the Republican deal, child tax credits and earned income credits were “eliminated.” If passed as is, the stimulus would make average Americans suffer even more as people struggle to pay bills and find child care help.
“They minimize the need for childcare, which is the threshold with which people, mothers, and fathers, can go to work if they have that,” she added. “I want this very much now because people need help now, but it’s no use giving them a false thing just because the president wants to put a check with his name on it in the mail.”
Blitzer butted in, saying, “We know the problem out there, but there are millions of Americans who have lost their jobs. They can’t pay the rent. Kids need food—”
Pelosi said, “That’s right, and that’s what we’re trying to get done.”
When Blitzer asked Pelosi to tell America why the stimulus bill was held up, she said:
“Let me say to those people because all of my colleagues — we represent these people … and their needs are not addressed in the president’s proposal. So when you say to me, ‘Why don’t you accept theirs?’ (I ask you) Why don’t they accept ours?”
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