GOP President Donald Trump is getting some company in the ranks of vilified American politicians – Democratic House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi, the face of the Democratic Party in on-going coronavirus relief negotiations, is widely blamed for blocking adoption of a relief package until Republicans’ agree to several controversial provisions, including sending stimulus checks to illegal immigrants.
“Nancy Pelosi is not being serious… [W]hen you ask for direct payments to illegal immigrants, and you ask for certain deportation forgivenesses in your offer, it’s not a serious offer,” said White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Thursday.
Pelosi argues the Trump administration is offering the “heel of the loaf” and maintains the talks are not just a “dollars debate” but a “values debate.” However, Republicans took to social media Thursday to blame Pelosi while Pelosi’s fellow Democrats were mostly silent.
“The latest ‘stimulus package’ that Nancy Pelosi has been scheming is the same liberal wishlist that Democrats jammed through in May. The only difference is that in this one, she cuts funding for police by $600 million,” said GOP Sen. Kevin McCarthy, referring to the elimination of $600 million grants for law enforcement that were included in the first relief program.
“If Pelosi is looking to blame someone for not doing anything to help Americans, she should blame herself. There are plenty of bipartisan bills on COVID relief that could easily pass both chambers right now… Americans need real help, not more political posturing,” U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-FL.
“This relief bill once again promotes Democrat priorities that have nothing to do with the Coronavirus, including potentially giving taxpayer dollars to illegal immigrants and abortion providers,” says U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-AZ.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal has urged Trump to reject Pelosi’s 2,154-page $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill because it would bail out “profligate states” and pay workers more than they would make on the job.
Prior to the pandemic, Pelosi was one of the most admired politicians in Washington, D.C., the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker and the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.