Speaker Nancy Pelosi was so displeased this week with PBS’ Judy Woodruff that she accused the journalist of serving as an “advocate” for the Republican Party.
The California Democrat became visibly frustrated during a “One on One” interview Tuesday in which Ms. Woodruff asked why Democrats couldn’t seem to find a principled compromise with Republicans on another round of coronavirus relief.
“Democrats want more money, Republicans want a lot less,” Ms. Woodruff said. “They are saying they’re willing to show flexibility, and they’re also saying a lot of the money that was passed in the Spring, Madam Speaker, has not even been spent yet.”
Ms. Pelosi then raised and shook her hand while chastising the host.
“Well, if you want to be an advocate for them, Judy, if you want to be an advocate for them—,” the Democrat said.
“No, I’m playing Devil’s Advocate here to ask you for your position,” Ms. Woodruff interjected.
“That’s not what the facts are. No, no [you] aren’t,” Ms. Pelosi responded. “You know, I mean, the point is we have a bill that meets the needs of the American people. It’s called The Heroes Act. They have not even, they don’t even wanna do state and local — and when they do it’s very meager.”
Ms. Woodruff had previously challenged the House Speaker on the notion that Republicans should accept an all-or-nothing approach to the Democrats’ bill.
“Madam Speaker, the — I mean, with all due respect, you called it piecemeal, and yet what the Republicans were offering was a short-term extension that would have allowed these extra unemployment benefits to keep flowing,” the PBS host said. “Democrats said no.”
“Well, it would have been finished by now. … [Republicans] didn’t have anything that they could pass in the Senate on their own side. So, if the press wants to say, well, they offered this, they offered that, they — you can’t offer something you don’t have. We have a bill. It’s called the Heroes Act. It passed 11 weeks ago tomorrow. It would have saved lives.”
President Trump has suggested that he will attempt to find ways to assist Americans via executive orders if acceptable pandemic-relief legislation doesn’t arrive at his desk.
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