House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks outside her office on Capitol Hill, Monday, March 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
People are letting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have it on social media over the decision by Democrats to block a clean bill to refund the Paycheck Protection Program, the program that had been helping save small businesses and maintain millions of American jobs.
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) April 15, 2020
It just ran out of money on Wednesday.
Pelosi bragged about the Democrats blocking it.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 15, 2020
She also went on James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” and flaunted her expensive double refrigerators, with a freezer packed full of $12/pint designer ice cream. She also talked about the wonderful opportunity that her grandkids from New York had during the pandemic at a time when many have to not visit their elderly family members and New York has a stay at home order.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 14, 2020
— Jennifer Haberkorn (@jenhab) April 14, 2020
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 14, 2020
Those remarks infuriated people who were trying to figure out how to keep their businesses afloat and feed their families. What made it even worse was that the members left town and, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, wouldn’t be back in session until May 4, “absent an emergency.”
The Democratic Congressional Committee communications director made it even worse by attacking the people who were upset, calling them Republican operatives, falsely representing what the President said and suggesting the only “question” she had was what ice cream flavor to choose from as she “saves” the country.
.@SpeakerPelosi Pelosi having a banner week…
-gets attacked by Republican operatives for loving 🍦
-gets attacked by President Trump for RUNNING THE COUNTRY while he calls Coronavirus a hoax.
The only Q: Which @jenisicecreams pint will she enjoy today as she saves the country.
— Cole Leiter (@coleleiter) April 16, 2020
Finally, someone nailed Pelosi with the question: Why the heck are you holding this up? What could possibly be your objection to a clean bill to just refund a program to help Americans, the details of which program were already passed in the virus relief bill?
Her answer was just awful.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 16, 2020
Translation? She’s trying to see how much she can hold up the Republicans for on the Democratic agenda package while using suffering Americans as a leverage chip, knowing that most media will never hold Democrats responsible for such despicable behavior.
That was just confirmed when word came that she was talking with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, but was looking for a “good offer.”
Pelosi says next meeting of negotiators on PPP is this afternoon. Hopes Mnuchin comes back with good offfer
— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) April 16, 2020
In other words, she’s still holding out for pork and her pet programs.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) just lit into her and he spoke for all of us.
“A good offer”?!? How about you fund the damn program Nancy and stop playing games with people’s livelihood. https://t.co/iLgzPtLLrr
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 16, 2020
This is what Pelosi has wrought. Can you imagine this poor person?
These are real lives Nancy Pelosi is gambling with
A business owner "was right there in line to get the money, had been in the process, been in the queue & was told they were about to get the funding before it ran dry."
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) April 17, 2020
Now multiply that by the millions affected and every day, it’s more Americans being thrown out of work and small businesses that may have taken a lifetime to build going under.