House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer got into a testy exchange on Tuesday after the media host asked Pelosi why she failed to score a deal with the Trump administration and Republicans for coronavirus pandemic relief.
Pelosi sought to exclusively blame Trump and Republicans, accusing them of “not really want[ing] to meet the needs of the American people.” Blitzer pushed back and said it is her job as a leader to reach an agreement and help Americans.
“Can you look [Americans] in the eye, Madame Speaker, and explain why you don’t want to accept the president’s latest stimulus offer?” he asked, as Axios reports.
“What I say to you is, I don’t know why you’re always an apologist, and many of your colleagues, apologists for the Republican position,” Pelosi responded, claiming “no one is waiting until February” for a deal.
“There are millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, they can’t pay the rent, their kids need the food. $1.8 trillion,” Blitzer continued. “The president just tweeted: ‘Stimulus. Go big or go home.’ He wants even more right now. So why not work out a deal with him and don’t let the perfect … be the enemy of the good?”
Pelosi then lashed out at Blitzer and accused him of being uninformed (for merely asking a question).
“What makes me amused, if it weren’t so sad, is how you all think that you know more about the suffering of the American people than those of us who are elected by them to represent them at that table,” she said per the report.
“It is unfortunate that we do not have shared values with this White House and that they have, in their bill … a tax break for the wealthiest families in the country while they cut out the income earned tax credit for the poorest families and poorest children in our country,” she continued before Blitzer pushed back.
“Here is what you wrote in a letter to House Democrats, Madame Speaker. And I ask these questions, only as you know, so many millions of Americans are suffering right now,” he started before the House Speaker interjected via Axios.
“But you quote two people who know nothing about the agreement,” she said. “There is no agreement. But what the suggestions are, as if there is some authority on the subject.”
“Please, give equal weight to all of the chairmen on the committee who have written this bill,” she added.
WATCH: Nancy Pelosi can't handle even the simplest criticism from Wolf Blitzer and she loses her mind… pic.twitter.com/ktgCgJeeO8
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) October 14, 2020
Axios reports Blitzer then reminded Pelosi that members of her own party have vocalized that they want a clean bill to help Americans.
“So many of your fellow Democrats in the House, they want a deal right now,” he argued. “The problem-solvers, they all want a deal right now. And here is what they’re complaining about because you wrote a letter to House Democrats and you said this. Let me read a line from the letter you wrote. ‘The president only wants his name on a check to go out before Election Day and for the market to go up.'”
“Is that what this is all about?” he asked Pelosi. “Not allow the president to take the credit if there’s a deal that would help millions of Americans right now?”
Pelosi criticized Blitzer as not knowing what he was talking about, responding: “No, 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’re talking about so do a service to the issue and have some level of respect for the people who have worked on these issues, written the bill to begin with.”
Crazy Nancy: Thank you for your sensitivity to our constituents’ needs.
Wolf Blitzer: I am sensitive to them because I see them on the street begging for food, begging for money.
WOLF OBLITERATED NANCY
— Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) October 14, 2020