House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been on a tear of media appearances within the last week, making sure to bash Trump at every turn.
However, House Democrats are not quite falling in line with Pelosi’s constant assault against the President. Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) said on Friday that “nothing would make me happier” than if Trump was successful in beating the coronavirus crisis — even if that means he wins reelection.
Pelosi doubles down
Democrat leadership has been highly obstructionist during legislative negotiations to provide support to the rapidly failing American economy.
Pelosi has been reluctant to agree to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program funding, a vital source of support for small businesses across the nation that have had no choice but to go into hibernation.
However, while she is unwilling to move quickly on approving funding for the program, she has had plenty of time to appear on a slew of mainstream media outlets to pick apart Trump’s coronavirus response.
In her most recent appearance on Sunday, she told Fox News that Trump is a “weak leader” that “doesn’t take responsibility.” Pelosi pressed “science, science, science” as the critical element of the decision-making process for reopening the economy, but did not acknowledge Dr. Anthony Fauci’s support for Trump’s phased reentry program.
Democrats modify approach
Rose, on the other hand — while still somewhat critical of Trump’s response overall — seems to be rooting for Trump to succeed.
He told Politico that “Nothing would make me happier, nothing, than to see this president utilize all the tools at his disposal to win this war as the commander in chief that he is, and to own that success.”
“And if that success means that we beat Covid and he wins reelection, then so be it. God bless him. Because we have won the greatest battle of the 21st century,” Rose continued, before going on to list some of the ways he believes Trump could improve the federal government’s approach.
Over a dozen other House Democrats have gone semi-rogue in regard to appropriating additional funding for the small business relief fund. Instead of falling in line with Pelosi’s stalling of the measure, many have spoken out in support of immediately passing clean legislation.
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) said on Thursday, “Congress must immediately replenish funds for the Paycheck Protection Program. Millions of small businesses are counting on this program to cover expenses and pay their workers. We have to get this right.”
“We cannot treat relief for small businesses like a political football. I’m calling on both parties to come together to fund PPP,” Rep. Kendra Horn (D-OK) tweeted on Thursday.