House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking enough heat to melt the ice cream stash she recently revealed in what the New York Times described as her “high-end appliances” during a kitchen-based interview from her home in San Francisco, where she is self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic panic.
The ice cream appears to be at issue, as Fox News is reporting that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is slamming the Speaker for allegedly slowing down replenishment of the Small Business Administration’s fund for small business loans to establishments closed because of the COVID-19 closures. Pelosi recently appeared on late night television with comedian James Corden, showing off a cache of ice cream.
“We’ve got the Speaker being on late-night TV, more [interested in] showcasing her gourmet ice cream than securing the funding,” McCarthy stated.
The New York Times piece perhaps unintentionally revealed how Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer hope to exploit the current crisis leading up to the November election.
“Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer, looking toward the November elections amid deep anxiety among Americans about the pandemic, are trying to weaponize those sentiments,” Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote.
Pelosi is already being nicknamed unflatteringly “Nancy Antoinette,” in reference to the French queen who went to the guillotine following the French Revolution. According to legend, Marie Antoinette, upon learning that hungry French citizens had no bread, declared callously “Let them eat cake.”
Some 22 million jobs have been lost in the past five weeks as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and following national shutdown, and untold numbers of small businesses have gone bust, but here is Pelosi doing remote interviews from the kitchen, showing off her hoard of desserts.
Eight years ago, then-Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) reacted to Pelosi’s claim that Republicans were using the Fast and Furious investigation probing then-Attorney General Eric Holder “to further an agenda of voter suppression.” He called the statement “mind-numbingly stupid,” as reported at the time by RealClearPolitics.
Pelosi oversaw the unsuccessful impeachment effort against President Donald Trump, and she has traditionally supported every gun control measure to come along. She has served on Capitol Hill since 1987. This is her second stint as House Speaker.
Pelosi may have added insult to injury when, as recounted by the Washington Examiner, she tweeted following the Corden interview this message: “We all have found our ways to keep our spirits up during these trying times. Mine just happens to fill up my freezer.”
Political Insider had this to say about Pelosi’s luxurious lifestyle:
“All well and good, except we happen to be in the midst of a historic pandemic that is causing such financial strife across the nation that people are standing in line for hours at food banks.
“Tens of thousands of residents show up each day at a growing number of food sites, with many going away empty-handed because there still isn’t capacity to meet the profound needs,” Bridge Detroit reports.
“So, while your freezer is full, Ms. Pelosi, there are countless Americans who are staring at their empty refrigerators.”—Political Insider
Pelosi may only have underscored the disconnect between herself and the citizens she is supposed to represent. It is an impression that could haunt her party all the way to Nov. 3.