Nancy Pelosi is the gift that keeps on giving to Republicans.
During a press conference on Friday, Pelosi added to her long list of blunders and missteps when she commented that the historic unemployment numbers the Trump administration have been able to achieve were meaningless. She followed her comment up by confusingly saying American families do not care about the unemployment rate.
Here’s her catastrophic comment: “[If we don’t get bigger paychecks] American families will be saying, ‘Hip hip hooray, unemployment is down. What does that mean to me and my life? I need a bigger paycheck.'”
Check it out:
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 8, 2018
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Pelosi added: “People say, ‘Oh my goodness, … people are saying the unemployment rate is down, why isn’t my purchasing power increasing?’ So, this isn’t just about the unemployment rate, it’s about wages rising in our country so that consumer confidence is restored.”
Of course, Pelosi does not actually speak on behalf of these families or the American people and she also could not be more wrong in her statement. As Fox News reports, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose to the highest it has been in more than 17 years. Jobs are back, people are happy, the economy is booming. This clearly is not enough for Negative Nancy.
.Pelosi must not understand what it means to be unemployed. There are millions of Americans without jobs that would love to be employed to put food on their tables. Of course, she doesn’t know it because she really doesn’t know what the meaning of real work is.
— Pallamus (@Pallamus) June 8, 2018
The California Democrat says these figures “mean little” to the American people.
Per Fox News:
Her recent responses about the economy have prompted Republicans to nickname her “Negative Nancy” over her attempts to downplay positive news.
But just as consumer confidence hit its highest point in decades, data revealed last week also showed that the unemployment rate dropped to an 18-year-low of 3.8 percent, with the addition of 223,000 jobs in May, and average hourly earnings rose 0.3 percent.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 9, 2018
Pelosi did not stop in her onslaught of the Trump administration there, but continued to criticize its handling of health care and the new tax cuts legislation:
“Republicans’ cruel, cynical health care sabotage campaign is already spiking families’ premiums by double digits and pushing millions off their coverage, according to the nonpartisan CBO [Congressional Budget Office],” she said.
“Big Pharma continues to hoard the benefits of the GOP tax scam, using their handouts to further enrich executives and shareholders instead of lowering prescription drug costs for seniors and sick kids,” Pelosi added. “At the same time, the president’s reckless policies are exploding gas prices, wiping out the few meager gains that some families should have received from the GOP tax scam, as wages remain stagnant.”
Hi @NancyPelosi , regular American here. I’m getting a bigger paycheck because of those tax cuts. Those “crumbs” help pay my mortgage.
— masonshmason (@masonshmason4) June 8, 2018
Even members of Pelosi’s own party is looking to step back from her hatred of tax cuts and tax bonuses dolled out to workers:
On the right, red-state Democrats want to see some moderation of her tone when it comes to attacks on Trump, fearing it will hurt their prospects in the midterm elections.
Many candidates also fear GOP’s efforts to use Pelosi’s statements to portray the whole party as out-of-touch and representative of West Coast liberals.
U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., distanced himself from Pelosi during the election last year and said he wouldn’t vote for her remaining the minority leader in the U.S. House. His strategy paid off as he won the special election in a historically GOP district that Trump had won by nearly 20 points.
And with that I’m calling at least 65% of the vote for Trump in ’20. Well done Nancy.👏👏👏
— Joe Nchia (@officialnchia) June 8, 2018