House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic saying the “Trump virus is rolling like a freight train” because he is “practically the biggest failure” in American history.
During an interview with MSNBC’s ReidOut with Joy Reid Thursday night, Pelosi was asked to respond to the president’s decision to cancel the Jacksonville part of the Republican National Convention.
“I think it’s a little too late for him to be responsible,” Pelosi responded. “What was he responsible about, his convention?”
“President has been the biggest failure practically in the history of our country. A pandemic that is rolling, Trump virus I call it, is rolling like a freight train. It took nearly 100 days, just about 100 days to get the first one million. Just under 50 days to get to the second million. Just over 25 days to get to the third million and now, just, what, fourteen, seventeen days to get to the 4 million mark of people infected,” Pelosi added.
Pelosi’s comment came shortly after Trump announced during the coronavirus press briefing that he is canceling next month’s Republican National Convention portion that was scheduled to take place for three days in Jacksonville at the end of August. Trump said it wasn’t “the right time” to hold a big convention, citing the importance of “keep our people safe” due to the recent spike of coronavirus cases in the sunshine state.
“I told my team it’s time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida, component of the GOP convention,” Trump said. “To have a big convention, it’s not the right time.”
Reid asked the House Speaker about the current dilemma occurring in Congress regarding passing a fifth stimulus package with some of the CARES Act provisions set to expire this week, including the $600 enhanced unemployment benefits and the moratorium on evictions.
Pelosi criticized the Republicans for the infighting that has occurred this week amongst GOP Senators, saying they are in “total disarray,” and claimed that they only care about “is what’s happening at the corporate boardroom table.”
“No,” Pelosi replied regarding the Senate GOP stimulus relief proposal. “I don’t think they know what they want. They’re in total disarray. Let’s sound an alarm right now. This is – we have gone beyond the pale. They’re irresponsible.”
“They were going to bring us something yesterday, then today, this morning, it was going to be announced. And then when it didn’t, we thought well, maybe tomorrow, we can work through the weekend and the rest because the Unemployment Insurance will expire because the moratoria on mortgages and rents will expire because people are hungry,” she continued. “And all they care about is what’s happening at the corporate boardroom table. All they care about is shoring up the stock market.”
“There is a very big difference here,” Pelosi added. “They really don’t intend to meet the needs of the American people, and they will be fully exposed.”