Sunday, House Speaker appeared on both “This Week” and “Fox News” in two interviews where the ripped President Trump’s coronavirus response.
In a conference call with your caucus earlier this week, you reportedly said ‘I’m afraid of what the president may do during this period,’ What is it that you’re afraid of?”
I’m afraid he is going to act on the set basis that he’s acted on it before — it’s a hoax, it’s magically going to disappear. That’s why I sent the letter I did after Easter. Easter gave me a time for reflection and prayerfulness.
He failed. He failed in the testing and the rest, and it’s a hoax, and it’s going to magically disappear, that’s not based on science. This isn’t magical. This is scientific. So I said if he continues to predicate the action that we take on a false premise, then we’re in further danger.
His earlier delay and denial caused deaths, and so it’s very important that we walk the line that’s close to evidence, data, science, as we go forward and not whimsy magic, hoax, allegations, and placing blame instead of taking responsibility.
I was prayerful about this. When people said this and that, I said that’s time for after-action review. We’ll go over all of that. Except he was drawing strength in his own view of what his falsehoods were gaining him. We can’t — we can’t fight a pandemic, we can’t open up our economy based on falsehoods.
Meanwhile, in a separate appearance on Fox News, Pelosi claimed Trump deserves an “F” for testing.
The President has announced plans to reopen the country. @SpeakerPelosi says there hasn’t been enough testing: “We’re way late on it. And that is the failure. President gets an “F” a failure on the testing.” #FNS pic.twitter.com/bBJaSpDJAx
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) April 19, 2020
Pelosi was put on the spot by Chris Wallace and asked to explain her own controversial remarks about Chinatown on February 24th.
“If the president underplayed the threat in the early days, Speaker Pelosi, didn’t you as well?” Wallace asked.
Fox News' Chris Wallace calls out Nancy Pelosi for promoting tourism during the coronavirus pandemic. pic.twitter.com/yg4Tgt12ln
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) April 19, 2020
Pelosi refused to admit any fault, responding “No! What we were trying to do is end the discrimination, the stigma that was going out against the Asian-American community and in fact, if you will look, the record will show that our Chinatown has been a model of containing and preventing the virus, and I’m confident in our folks there and thought it was necessary to offset some of the things that the president and others were saying about Asian-Americans and making them a target. A target of violence across the country.”
Wallace pressed again, to which Pelosi doubled down on her explanation, saying “No, I was saying that you should not discriminate against – discriminate against Chinese-Americans, as some in our administration were doing, by the way, they were labeling the flu and that. No, indeed. And again, I think you – if you check the record, and it’s current, you will see that Chinatown has been a model in all of this and that’s what we’re saying, look to them for answers. Don’t look to them to place blame.”
Watch and judge for yourself.
FLASHBACK: Nancy Pelosi on 2/24/2020.
"Come to Chinatown. Precautions have been taken…We think it's very safe and want others to come."
Here’s Pelosi downplaying the coronavirus.pic.twitter.com/tP4QfphogB
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 19, 2020
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