“Have you fed them? We feed them,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer when he suggested Pelosi should accept a compromise on the coronavirus relief bill because “people are on the street, begging for food, begging for money.”
On Tuesday’s “Situation Room,” Host Wolf Blitzer asked Speaker Pelosi why she’s refusing to accept any offers of compromise on coronavirus stimulus when Americans “need the money right now” and her fellow Democrats don’t want her to “let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”
Towards the end of the contentious debate on the subject, when Pelosi called for Blitzer to be sensitive to the needs of her constituents, Blitzer responded:
“I am sensitive to them because I see them on the street, begging for food, begging for money. Madame Speaker, thank you so much.”
“Have you fed them? We feed them. We feed them,” Pelosi declared.
Pelosi attacked Blitzer throughout the interview for suggesting that there’s an urgent need to compromise, telling him:
- “You all think you know more about the suffering of the American people than those of us who are elected by them to represent them at that table.”
- “You really don’t know what you’re talking about.”
- “I don't know why you're always an apologist — and many of your colleagues — apologists for the Republican position.”
- “Do you have any idea what the difference is between the spending that they have in their bill and that we have in our bill?”
- “[You’re] defending the administration all this time with no knowledge of the difference between our two bills.”
In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, Pelosi voiced her disdain for compromise on coronavirus relief, saying compromise would be unacceptable because it would be “a missed opportunity” to get all of what she wants.
At one point, Pelosi got so worked up that she accused Blitzer of “apologizing for Obama”:
“So you're the apologizing for the Obama — excuse me. God forbid. Thank God for Barack Obama.”