House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) must think that something will become true if you just say it enough.
Echoing remarks she’s made numerous times over the last several weeks, Pelosi appeared on Fox News Sunday this week to give President Donald Trump an “F” grade on his COVID-19 pandemic response efforts and once again call him “a weak leader.” It was the House speaker’s first appearance on the program since 2017, according to Fox.
Pelosi keeps trying
Pelosi has tried hard to paint a picture of Trump as a deadbeat president who hasn’t done enough to help the country combat the coronavirus. But despite her antics, it doesn’t look like the president is hurting much in the realm of approval ratings.
While USA Today reports that Trump’s numbers have dipped a few points as some people get tired of staying home and others panic at the thought of leaving home, he is still in the range he has been in for months now.
None of that will stop Pelosi from trying, though.
“Leaders — leaders take responsibility. So I said he’s a weak leader,” Pelosi told Fox on Sunday. “He doesn’t take responsibility. He places blame — blame on others.”
The House speaker said much of the same on ABC’s This Week, remarking Sunday that Trump is “a poor leader,” the Washington Examiner reported. “He’s always trying to avoid responsibility and assign blame,” she alleged.
As the House speaker tries to blame Trump for a response she thinks is botched, however, she goes on delaying adding another $250 billion to a small business loan program that will help shut down businesses keep paying employees and prevent more layoffs. According to Fox Business, some 22 million Americans have already filed for unemployment since coronavirus-related shutdowns began weeks ago.
Pelosi told Fox on Sunday that she thinks Congress will agree this week on a bill that would add that funding after Dems held the legislation hostage for more than a week trying to get bailout money for states added in.
Of course, it’s not the federal government’s job to bail out the states. If they get their economies back up and running in short order, they won’t have as much to worry about in their budgets.
But if Trump just gives these states billions of dollars, it will encourage them to stay shut up indefinitely and cause orders of magnitude more business failures than have already occurred.
Bloomberg News reported Saturday that 29 states have already met the criteria to reopen their economies under phase one of the federal guidelines, according to Trump. If the governors refuse to do so, why should the federal government pay for them to drag their feet?