COVID-19 may be on the rise in the U.S., but have no fear: Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is apparently on the case.
According to Fox News, the House speaker explained that her focus is on “trying to save the world from coronavirus” after she was called out by a Republican congressman for not condemning vandals who tore down a statue in her home district amid ongoing and widespread unrest.
“Tear down the statue”
Once-peaceful protests have been replaced in much of the country by violent riots peppered with vandalism and looting — and according to Fox, the violence has made its way to Pelosi’s home of San Francisco. The network reported that rioters recently toppled a religious statue in Golden Gate Park.
The statue depicted St. Junipero Serra, a Franciscan priest who helped spread the Catholic faith across western America, according to America magazine.
Pelosi, for her part, has opted not to comment on the situation. But that didn’t sit well with Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA).
“Given that today is the Feast Day of Saint Junipero Serra, her condemnation of mob violence would be especially timely,” the House minority leader said Wednesday, according to Fox. “Today should be a day for celebration. Instead, we’ve recently seen a violent leftwing mob tear down the statue of St. Serra in Speaker Pelosi’s district in San Francisco, California.”
“Save the world”
The next day, Pelosi attempted to explain her silence. “I’m trying to save the world from coronavirus,” she said, according to a report from the Washington Examiner cited by Fox. “I have no interest in about McCarthy, who hasn’t had the faintest idea of our dynamic in our district.”
Though the House speaker declined to condemn rioters who took St. Serra’s statue in San Francisco, she did comment on the trend of vandalism sweeping the country.
“I think we should all review the statues and make decisions,” she said, according to the Examiner. “I do agree they should come down more carefully.”
Pelosi’s wish list
Of course, the recent surge in COVID-19 cases is a legitimate concern that should be front-and-center in Pelosi’s mind. But it’s been weeks since Congress made any progress on coronavirus relief legislation — and the HEROES Act that she and other Democrats are trying to push through Congress still hasn’t made it to the president’s desk.
According to Forbes, the bill would extend increased unemployment benefits, give aid to state and local governments, and pass out another round of stimulus checks, among other things. Although it has passed through the Democrat-led House, GOP leaders in the Senate have referred to it as a “liberal wish list.”
It looks like Pelosi isn’t making headway at home or in Washington. Only time will tell if voters hold her accountable for it in November.