House Speaker Nancy Pelosi repeatedly referred to the novel coronavirus as the Trump virus during a Tuesday appearance on CNN.
“Well I think with the president’s comments today, he recognized the mistakes that he has made by now embracing mask-wearing and the recognition that this is not a hoax, it is a pandemic that has gotten worse before it will get better because of his inaction and, in fact, clearly, it is the Trump virus,” Pelosi told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
“Well, what do you mean when you say the Trump virus?” Blitzer asked.
“The Trump virus, if he had said months ago let’s wear a mask, let’s socially distance instead of having rallies and political whatever they were, then more people would have followed his lead,” Pelosi explained. “He’s the president of the United States.”
“Instead of being a bad example making it like a manhood thing not to wear a mask. In any event, it was weird because the briefing on the coronavirus should be about science and that is something the president has ignored,” she added.
“It should be about governance and now he’s finally embracing saying it’s okay to wear a mask,” Pelosi said, adding, “So I think a good deal of what we have suffered is clearly the Trump virus.”
“So what you’re saying is that thousands of Americans have died because of what the president has done or not done. Is that what you are saying?” Blitzer asked Pelosi.
“Yeah. Yes, that’s what I’m saying. I think it’s clearly evident,” Pelosi said. “We are approaching 4 million people infected by it. 140,000 that have passed away.”
“If it’s important to wear a mask now, it would have been important to wear it in March instead of telling us that by April we would all be going to church together,” Pelosi added. “I wish that were the case. But he had no scientific basis for that.”
“A briefing on the coronavirus should be about science and that is something the President has ignored,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says. “If it’s important to wear a mask now, it would have been important to wear it in March” https://t.co/b3a787uR2n pic.twitter.com/jw0MiQ35CL
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