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Despite her repeated failures at achieving any sort of compromise with the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is confident she deserves to retain her role as speaker if Democrats keep the House in the upcoming 2020 race,
Ironically, she revealed this while complaining on CNN about President Donald Trump’s allegedly “delusional” belief that Republicans might retake the House.
“You keep thinking that, Mr. President. You just keep on thinking that,” she said to host Jake Tapper this Sunday after he played a clip of the president saying at last week’s final presidential debate that “we’re going to win the House.
Pelosi added, “Just another example of his delusional statements he made there. He said that we’re on the decline with the virus … cleanest air, cleanest water.”
Tapper then asked her, “If Democrats keep the House, are you going to run for another term as speaker?”
Pelosi replied, “Yes, I am.”
Yet her lack of achievements as the speaker seem to betray her overconfidence.
For months now the White House has sought to have a coronavirus relief bill passed for the American people, but all efforts at negotiation have failed. Speaking with reporters at the White House on Saturday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin pinned the blame for this lack of meaningful negotiations entirely on the speaker.
“We’ve offered compromises. The speaker on a number of issues has still dug in. If she wants to compromise, there will be a deal. We’ve made lots of progress in lots of areas but there’s still some significant differences that we’re working on,” he reportedly said.
NEW: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on COVID-19 stimulus talks:
“We’ve been speaking to the Speaker. We’ve offered compromises. If she wants to compromise there will be a deal … but there’s still some differences that we’re working on.”
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) October 23, 2020
Pelosi has balked at every coronavirus deal the White House has offered her. During the debate last week, the president theorized it’s because she believes it’s advantageous to delay coronavirus relief for as long as possible.
“Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to approve anything because she’d love to have some victories on a date called November 3rd. Nancy Pelosi does not want to approve it. We are ready, willing, and able to do something,” he said.
“Don’t forget, we’ve already approved three plans. And it’s gone through, including the Democrats, in all fairness. This one, she doesn’t want. It’s near the election. Because she thinks it helps her politically. I think it hurts her politically.”
Why haven’t you been able to get economic relief to those in need?
President Trump: “Because Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to approve it. I do.”
Debate moderator Kristen Welker responds: “But you’re the president.” https://t.co/sAYJsaKj4R pic.twitter.com/aroPAkCg0t
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) October 23, 2020
Part of the problem is that Pelosi has a my way or the highway attitude about negotiations, in that she’ll only accept a package that contains everything she wants.
That would be understandable if Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate. But because they only control the House, she is expected to negotiate.
But she won’t …
“For us to do anything — I want to just say to our friends out there who are suffering — and the country is suffering, working families are suffering, millions more into poverty, in the month of September, nearly 900,000 women left the work force, so, we have to act — to do anything, though, that does not crush the virus is really official malfeasance,” she later said to Tapper on Sunday.
“And to crush the virus, we just have to follow the science, testing, tracing, treatment, mask-wearing, ventilation, separation, and the rest.”
She’s maintained this exact same refrain for months now, most recently with CNN host Wolf Blitzer, who wound up facing her wrath after he tried holding her accountable a few weeks back.
“Madam Speaker … as you know there are Americans who are being evicted from their homes, they can’t pay the rent, many Americans are waiting in food lines for the first time in their lives. Can you look them in the eye, Madam Speaker and explain why you don’t want to accept the President’s latest stimulus offer?” he asked her at the time.
She responded by claiming every single one of the needs of her constituents “aren’t addressed in the president’s proposal.” When Blitzer pointed out that even members of her own caucus believe she should accept the deal nevertheless, she snapped and accused him of being a “apologist” for republicans.
Pelosi slams CNN’s Wolf Blitzer when asked why she repeatedly rejected Trump’s COVID relief bill, which would get stimulus checks to struggling Americans.
Pelosi said Wolf was clueless & a GOP operative. “You really don’t know what you’re talking about.”https://t.co/DC9ZuLpn2e
— Samantha Chang ♖ (@samantha_chang) October 14, 2020
This haughty attitude doesn’t appear to be doing her any favors. By September, her favorability among just Democrats alone had dropped by 10 points since the beginning of the year, according to YouGov.
What remains unclear is whether younger Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will challenge Pelosi or once again fold like a chair if Democrats do keep the House and she seeks the speakership again.
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