House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) offered a visceral reaction to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer after a pointed line of questioning about stalled negotiations surrounding a second coronavirus relief bill.
The California Democrat snapped at Blitzer, accusing him for being an “apologist” for the Republican Party after he suggested that she compromise further in the interest of reaching a deal, as reported by Fox News.
“Nobody’s waiting till February”
Noting the millions of Americans struggling under the impact of the pandemic, the host asked Pelosi why she would not accept a $1.8 trillion plan offered by President Donald Trump.
From there, the interview proceeded to derail, with Blitzer pointing out that she has received similar advice from her own party, notably Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA).
“What I say to you is I don’t know why you’re always an apologist — and many of your colleagues [are] apologists for the Republican position,” Pelosi replied. “Ro Khanna, that’s nice, that isn’t what we’re going to do and nobody’s waiting till February.”
Blitzer pressed further, imploring the speaker not to see “the perfect” as “the enemy of the good” and prompting another abrupt response from his guest.
“You know what?” she said. “Do you have any idea what the difference is between the spending that they have in their bill and what we have in our bill?”
“Dems might be playing politics”
Considering the mainstream media’s frequent support and promotion of Democratic Party talking points, a number of viewers — including Newsbusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck — took note of the exchange.
When even *CNN* and *Wolf Blitzer* are grilling Nancy Pelosi on why Democrats continue to reject any and all Republican stimulus offers, you know Dems might be playing politics. Watch as Pelosi snaps after failing to answer a basic question about why they won’t compromise. pic.twitter.com/Nt2hagv2Us
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 13, 2020
Even as Blitzer attempted to wind down the interview, Pelosi got in one last shot: “We’ll leave it on the note that you’re not right on this, Wolf, and I hate to say that to you.”
As for Khanna, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Pelosi’s refusal to achieve a deal is a betrayal of the party’s commitments.
“We have a moral obligation to do something,” he said. “We are the party that stands for the working poor.”