House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Took a page from President Trump’s playbook on Sunday when she gave the Commander-in-Chief a derogatory nickname.
“This president, I have a new name for him, Mr. Make Matters Worse,” Pelosi said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when reviewing the president’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Pelosi then slammed Trump for past statements claiming the virus would go away on its own “like a miracle” and other controversial comments the president has made during the public health crisis.
“It made it worse from the start – delay, denial, it’s a hoax, it’s going to magically disappear, it’s a miracle, and everything – and we’re in this situation,” she said.
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Pelosi’s insults echo a tactic Trump has used throughout his political career. Trump started using nicknames when he was running for the GOP presidential primary – “Lyin ‘Ted” Cruz and Jeb Bush “low energy”, for example – and he has continued to do so to this day. by referring to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate as “Sleepy” Joe Biden.
Even as Pelosi gave Trump his own nickname, the president called the Speaker of the House on Twitter.
“Mad Nancy Pelosi said I made a mistake in banning people from infected China from entering the United States in January,” Trump said, using a term for Pelosi he frequently uses against the US senator. Vermont Bernie Sanders. “Tens of thousands of lives were saved by dancing in the streets of Chinatown (SF) in late February.”
In his Sunday interview, Pelosi also criticized Trump for his insistence on schools reopening despite recent outbreaks of coronavirus cases across the country.
“The best way to send our kids to school is to fund it,” she said, “it takes money, it’s in the HEROES Act.
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The HEROES law is a coronavirus relief law passed by the House in May.
Trump said last Thursday that schools across the country should reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic as long as they can practice good hygiene and social distancing – adding that the White House is asking Congress to pledge $ 105 billion to schools under the upcoming coronavirus stimulus bill.
The president, who has been lobbying schools for weeks to reopen and “jumpstart our economy,” added during a White House coronavirus briefing that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will release new guidelines to ensure the safe reopening of schools.
CDC Director Dr Robert Redfield recently pointed out that his agency’s guidelines were only recommendations, and he urged schools to find ways to reopen while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
“Nothing would cause me greater sadness than seeing a school district or a school use our boards as a reason not to reopen,” said Redfield.