President Donald Trump shocked Capitol Hill this week when he declared on Twitter that he would call off ongoing negotiations for a second coronavirus relief package.
As Breitbart’s John Carney argued, however, the tactic is merely a reaction to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her party’s refusal to compromise on their multi-trillion dollar proposal.
“Poorly run, crime, Democrat States”
Carney’s take came in the wake of a tweet the president posted a short time after returning to the White House from a weekend stay at Walter Reed Medical Center, where he had received treatment for the coronavirus.
“Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19,” the president wrote on Tuesday, later in the day advocating for a piecemeal approach to a bipartisan stimulus proposal.
House Democrats should have known that their proposal would hit a brick wall with Trump, Carney argued, citing the inclusion of stimulus money for undocumented immigrants as his primary evidence.
Obviously, he concluded, Pelosi did not really want to make a deal, which could have given Trump a win with Election Day rapidly approaching.
The Breitbart writer is not alone in his assessment, as U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) confirmed in recent remarks.
“Would give the president something of a victory”
“I don’t believe Nancy Pelosi actually wants a deal,” he said in an appearance on CNN this week. “I wish she did. I think she views this as something that would give the president something of a victory prior to the election and she won’t do it.”
Barrasso went on to accuse Pelosi of giving the country a “ransom note” and demanding tax breaks for Democratic-led states like New York and California, calling her proposal a “liberal wish list.”
While there remains plenty of debate regarding the need for and efficacy of a second stimulus package, it seems clear that Democrats are attempting to use the process to press forward with their political agenda.
With unemployment continuing to drop even without a second bill, the Trump administration has some positive economic news to run on in the weeks before votes are tallied. Millions of Americans, however, continue to struggle through the residual impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Voters will have the final chance to decide which campaign they believe will have their best interest in mind for the next four years.