Nancy Pelosi does not hate Donald Trump. In fact, she prays for him daily. Except when she is trying to pin all the ills of the world on his malevolent, diseased presidency, from kidnapping the Lindbergh baby on down.
One such occasion was a recent appearance on CNN. Host Jake Tapper asked the speaker to comment on Donald Trump’s plan, since abandoned, to relax coronavirus restrictions for less hard-hit parts of the country. Rather than answer that question, Pelosi decided to unburden herself by unloading on the president:
His denial at the beginning was deadly. His delaying of getting equipment to — he continues to delay getting equipment to where it is needed — is deadly.
Later in her soliloquy she accuses Trump of “fiddling” and calls for an investigation once the virus has been subdued. “When did the president know about this,” she adds, evoking Watergate, “and what did he know? … That’s for an after-action review.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the President downplaying the severity of coronavirus is “deadly."
— CNN (@CNN) March 29, 2020
Almost none of the charges Pelosi levels cut any ice. But put that thought aside for now and focus instead on her handling of affairs in her own congressional district. To listen to her rail out at the president, you’d think she was busy from day one, admonishing her constituents to shelter in place and take all other needed precautions. Think again. As William Davis notes at the Daily Caller:
Pelosi took a tour through Chinatown on February 24, where she decried alleged racism that was occurring against Asian Americans as a result of the virus, which originated in the Chinese province of Wuhan.
“It’s exciting to be here, especially at this time to be able to be unified with our community,” Pelosi said at the time. “We want to be vigilant about what is out there in other places. We want to be careful about how we deal with it, but we do want to say to people ‘Come to Chinatown. Here we are, careful, safe and come join us.’”
Here is a news report about her public relations gesture, which of course was designed to offset Trump’s racism for having imposed a ban on travel from China. Notice how carefully Pelosi is to keep six feet away from her nearest neighbor, as CDC guidelines recommend.
As Tapper notes at the beginning of his interview with Pelosi, her “home district in San Francisco has been particularly hard hit” by the coronavirus. If I didn’t know better, I would get the impression that Pelosi is speaking out of both sides of her mouth.