Pelosi Claims She 'Knew' About Virus Threat, Defends Prioritizing Impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump’s s State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Vice President Mike Pence is at left. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) certainly has a way of rewriting history.

Pelosi appeared on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell today. Mitchell asked her about a Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) observation that impeachment may have slowed down the federal response to the Wuhan coronavirus.

It’s a good question because Democrats have prioritized their quest to get the President any way they can since he was elected and they have never counted the cost of that effort. While Trump responded immediately in January, Democrats were completely focused on their continuing narrative against him. The virus, to them, was just another avenue to try to attack Trump; they were talking about his travel ban being “racist” and “xenophobia,” rather than addressing the virus.

Obviously, the question rankled Pelosi. Truth that hits home tends to do that.

“Oh, that’s so sad,” Pelosi said. “They can’t handle their jobs, I guess,” Pelosi angrily claimed, referring to Republicans. “What are they saying? We ignored it? It was self-evident. Most people knew about it and certainly those of responsibility. So I say of that, either you can’t handle your job, but don’t blame impeachment on that. Just blame it on the fact that you didn’t want to face the reality, and that denial and that delay cost lives.”


Really? Ok, let’s compare. President Donald Trump, in January, formed the White House virus task force, activated the CDC, cut travel with China, and declared a public health emergency. All while under impeachment from the Democrats.

What did the Democrats do about the virus in January? Their presumptive nominee was suggesting that cutting travel was “xenophobia,” and in February — and even into March — they were still encouraging people to go out to events like the Chinese New Year parades and Mardi Gras.

Pelosi ignored Trump’s mention of the virus during the State of the Union on February 4. Remember: She tore up the speech and said it was full of “lies.”

Here’s Pelosi on February 24:

So, if “it was self-evident,” why was she in denial and delay? Why was she encouraging people to go to parades packed with people in crowded San Francisco? Isn’t she supposed to be one of “those of responsibility?” She wants to try to blame Trump and Republicans, but if she said she “knew” then why was she encouraging people to go out and risk their lives?


How many people got sick because of such encouragement by Pelosi and other Democrats like NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio?

Moreover, if she “knew” and was concerned about “delay” and “denial,” why did she delay getting help and relief to the American people? Why did she hold up the virus relief bill for a week in the interests of getting her Democratic pork and pet programs through?

It isn’t Trump who has a lot to answer for, Nancy. It’s you.


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