During an interview on Monday, former Republican representative and Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy unloaded on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after she appeared to agree on a COVID relief bill only because a Democrat may be in office.
After stalling for months on a smaller relief package, Pelosi admitted that she would agree to a smaller package if a Democrat was in office.
“That is a total game-charger: a new president and a vaccine,” Pelosi said in a video clip that was played by Fox News host Dana Perino. “It’s for a shorter period of time, but that’s OK now, because we have a new president.”
“It’s okay now because there is a new president?” Perino asked Gowdy.
“That’s one of the dumbest and also most despicable things I have ever heard an alleged leader say, that because Joe Biden won it’s okay to do it but if Donald Trump had won,” Gowdy said.
Gowdy went on to compare people in “economic self-defense mode” with Pelosi’s “notion because somehow or other her team won in November she’s going to do something.”
“What’s missing is if Paul Ryan or John Boehner had said or done what she just said there would be media outcry,” he added. “What other entity has commented on what the Speaker of the House just said? Because Biden won, we will do it. But while it was Trump, we weren’t going to give him a victory. It really is so outrageous. It’s hard to get me upset, but what she just said makes me madder than hell.”
In a press conference on Friday, she was asked by CNN correspondent Manu Raju why she suddenly is willing to deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on a $900 billion coronavirus relief package after refusing to accept anything less than $2.2 trillion all summer long while Americans struggled financially (and she talked about her expensive ice cream on a late-night show).
Specifically, Raju asked if she thought it was a “mistake” to not have made a deal sooner (because Democrats lost a lot of House seats on Election Day).
Instead of answering straight away, she scolded Raju for claiming it was a mistake in the first place while informing him that it was a “strategy” – meaning, she intentionally held off on making a deal (and for political reasons).
“Pelosi for months has said she wouldn’t accept half-a-loaf on stimulus – but now they’re looking at a $900 billion deal after [sic] Pelosi had been pushing for $2.2 trillion. So I asked her if it were a mistake not to accept half-a-loaf months ago. ‘It was not a mistake,’ she shot back,” he tweeted, adding her full statement.
“It was not a mistake, it was a decision that has taken us to a place where we can do the right thing without other, shall we say, considerations in the legislation that we don’t want.”
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