House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had a full blown melt down on CNN after anchor Wolf Blitzer pressured her on securing a deal for coronavirus relief for the American people.
Blitzer asked Pelosi to respond to a tweet from her Democratic colleague, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), about the failed negotiations between Republicans and Democrats to pass another relief bill.
“78 million can’t afford normal expenses. 40 million are at risk of eviction. 8 million small businesses might close forever. Dems can’t wait for the perfect deal. We have a moral obligation to get folks relief, now,” said Khanna in his statement.
78 million can’t afford normal expenses.
40 million are at risk of eviction.
8 million small businesses might close forever.
Dems can’t wait for the perfect deal. We have a moral obligation to get folks relief, now. https://t.co/z0DJkeQo6o
— Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) October 13, 2020
Pelosi angrily criticized Blitzer for bringing up complaints from Khanna and others who she said had no idea about the negotiations.
“Honest to God, you really, I can’t get over it because Andrew Yang, he’s lovely, Ro Khanna, he’s lovely, they are not negotiating this situation, they have no idea of the particulars. They have no idea of what the language is here,” said Pelosi.
“I didn’t come over here to have, so you’re the apologist for the Obama, excuse me, God forbid,” said Pelosi, clearly flustered.
“Madame Speaker, I’m not the apologist, I’m asking you serious questions because so many people are in desperate need right now,” responded Blitzer.
Blitzer went on to ask why Pelosi hadn’t talked directly to President Donald Trump about the negotiations.
“With all due respect, with all due respect, and you know we’ve known each other for a long time, you really don’t know what you’re talking about,” responded Pelosi.
“If the plural of anecdote is not data, yes there are some people who said this or that, overhlwemingly my caucus wants what’s right for the American people,” she added. “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!”
The interview continued combatively until Pelosi accused Blitzer of being disrespectful to Democrats.
“You evidently do not respect the chairmen of the committees who wrote this bill, and I wish you would respect the knowledge that goes into, getting, uh, meeting the needs of the American people. But again, you’ve been on [unintelligible] defending the administration all this time with no knowledge of the difference between our two bills, and I think you for giving me the opportunity to say that to you in person,” said Pelosi, smiling sarcastically.
Blitzer tried to close out the segment, but Pelosi kept interrupting and scolding him.