So, remember yesterday afternoon when Trump cut off COVID-19 relief talks until after the election (via Twitter), essentially telling people/businesses who are hanging on by a thread to go ahead and die, and instructed Republicans to focus on ramming through an extremist SCOTUS pick instead? The stock market predictably tanked, but I’m guessing blowback came in from other quarters as well because Trump walked it back hours later. The Post:
“The president [has] already been on the phone this morning talking to Secretary Mnuchin,” Meadows said Wednesday. “The secretary and I have been talking about what we could do with stand-alone bills to help airlines, small businesses and the American people, with stimulus checks. So, hopefully, we can convince Speaker Pelosi to do something on a stand-alone basis…”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi had proposed at least $2.4 trillion in stimulus, but Trump said he would not agree to a deal of more than $1.6 trillion. “I am rejecting their … request, and looking to the future of our Country,” he tweeted Tuesday afternoon after a phone call with Mnuchin and Republican congressional leaders.
But later Tuesday night, Trump reversed course and seemingly sought to restart relief talks, tweeting that he would approve a stimulus measure to send Americans $1,200 checks “IMMEDIATELY” amid the pandemic. “I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?” he wrote.
Mnuchin was listening, and he called Pelosi this morning to see if she’d support a standalone bill:
Pelosi reminded Mnuchin on the call that Republicans had blocked a stand-alone bill that would have provided more airline aid last week, and she asked him to review House Democrats’ airline bill “so that they could have an informed conversation,” according to Hammill. An administration official, granted anonymity to describe internal policymaking, confirmed that the White House is supportive of moving a bill solely to help the airlines.
In other words, Nancy told Mnuchin to do his fucking homework before he calls her again. I love that. Also:
Pelosi, speaking on The View on Wednesday, also suggested that Trump may have realized the political downside to halting negotiations, though “it’s hard to see any clear, sane path in anything that he’s doing.”
Yep. That too. When the history of this flaming shitbag of an administration is written, let it show that Speaker of the House Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi was one of the few powerful people in DC who fully understood that Trump and his people were lunatics and/or arrogant dumbasses and acted accordingly.
Unlike the parade of self-important generals who’d rather cut book deals or stay silent to reserve their power base for future Republican administrations, Pelosi treats Trump and company like the clowns and knaves they are and calls them out to their faces. Good for her.