Blitzer: Even members of your personal caucus, Madam Speaker, wish to settle for this deal, $1.8 trillion, Congressman Ro Khanna for instance. However let met simply quote Ro Khanna, a person you recognize nicely. I assume you admire him. He is a Democrat.
And he simply mentioned this. He mentioned “Individuals in want cannot wait till February, $1.8 trillion is critical and greater than twice the Obama stimulus. Make a deal, put the ball in McConnell court docket.”
Pelosi: What I say to you is, I do not know why you are at all times an apologist. And lots of of your colleagues, apologists for the Republican place. Ro Khanna, that is good. That is not what we’ll do and no person’s ready until February.
It went downhill from there. Requested if she had spoken to President Donald Trump about the potential for a coronavirus stimulus deal, Pelosi mentioned she would not “communicate to the President.” Pressed on why not — given the struggling of individuals in determined want of a stimulus deal to maintain their enterprise open or pay their payments — Pelosi responded this manner: “What makes me amused if it weren’t so unhappy, is the way you all suppose that you recognize extra in regards to the struggling of the American individuals than these of us who’re elected by them to characterize them at that desk.”
Pelosi wasn’t completed. “Let me say this with all due respect, with all due respect, and you recognize we have identified one another a very long time, you actually do not know what you are speaking about,” she mentioned as Blitzer continued to ask why the $1.8 trillion deal proposed by the White Home wasn’t adequate.
And she or he ended the interview with snark — telling Blitzer ,”Thanks for sensitivity to our constituents’ wants” after which when he responded that he was conscious of their wants as a result of ‘I see them on the road begging for meals, begging for cash,” the Speaker of the Home mentioned this: “Have you ever fed them? We feed them, we feed them.”
On the entire, it was a decidedly embarrassing efficiency by the Speaker of the Home. And I will notice right here that I consider Pelosi to be the very best congressional strategist of her technology — bar none.
However this was a catastrophe.
Pelosi’s place within the interview gave the impression to be that Blitzer wasn’t allowed to ask her any questions on her unwillingness to simply accept the White Home’s newest stimulus deal as a result of, uh, he wasn’t the one negotiating it? And that by asking primary questions — like why she continues to carry out for what she believes to be a greater deal and whether or not she has spoken with Trump — that Blitzer was an “apologist” for Republicans. Say what?
What in regards to the outstanding Democrats Blitzer cited who’ve been pushing — publicly and privately — Pelosi to make a deal? Properly, based on Pelosi they do not matter both as a result of they are not those negotiating it. (Sidebar: I’m positive Pelosi’s California colleague — Ro Khanna — appreciated her condescending “that is good” remark about his assist for a deal.)
However the level is that this: If you’re the Speaker of the Home and comply with an interview within the midst of a contentious debate over a coronavirus stimulus bundle three weeks earlier than a presidential election, you may’t act stunned — or outraged — while you get requested in regards to the coronavirus stimulus bundle and whether or not or not you have spoken to the President of america about it.
These are usually not Republican apologist questions. They’re honest ones. And ones that Pelosi ought to have been ready to reply quite than snark at Blitzer and act as if he was doing one thing untoward.