House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was recently caught making disparaging remarks about coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, the New York Post reported.
“Deborah Birx is the worst,” Pelosi said, according to the Post. “Wow, what horrible hands you’re in.”
Pelosi, in contrast, praised Dr. Anthony Fauci, another White House coronavirus task force member who specializes in infectious diseases, saying that Fauci “came to his senses, and is now a hero.”
Pelosi blasts Birx
According to Politico, Pelosi is reported to have made these remarks during a private meeting that took place on Thursday night with high-level White House officials to discuss additional coronavirus relief legislation.
The speaker is said to have made the comments about Birx, who has served as the United States’ global AIDS coordinator for both the Obama and Trump administrations, to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Just who it was that ratted Pelosi out for her unflattering remarks is unknown. But there is some indication of where Pelosi may have gotten the idea that “Birx is the worst” — The New York Times, of course.
Earlier this month, the Times published a report which took aim at Birx, among others involved in the administration’s coronavirus response.
It accused her of only telling President Donald Trump what he wants to hear with regard to the pandemic, namely that the crisis has been abating and federal initiatives have been achieving the desired results.
“A highly regarded infectious diseases expert, she was a constant source of upbeat news for the president and his aides, walking the halls with charts emphasizing that outbreaks were gradually easing,” the Times alleged.
White House responds
The White House immediately hit back at the report, with Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, for her part, offering an especially frank assessment. According to the Post, McEnany said:
I have not seen anyone poring over data the way Dr. Birx has and the attack on her was frankly appalling and egregious and The New York Times should be very ashamed of themselves.
Pelosi, like most Democrats, appears to be willing to take reporting from The New York Times as gospel. Why she would badmouth Birx to Mnuchin and Meadows is anyone’s guess, particularly since she surely knew that her criticisms would find their way into the public sphere — or perhaps that’s precisely why she did it.
Either way, Pelosi would be better off focusing on the needs of her constituents rather than attacking someone who has stood tirelessly on the frontlines of fighting this pandemic from the very start.