As people throughout the world continue to fight the coronavirus, some in Congress have utilized this opportunity to attack the president. One such person is presidential candidate Joe Biden. However, his efforts have essentially gone unnoticed, as he has become less relevant and seemingly forgotten during this difficult time. Unfortunately, and to dismay of many, House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has not. While personal attacks against the president are nothing new by those on the left, Pelosi’s recent comments took things to a new low and exceeded all bounds of human decency. More particularly, as the world continues to battle this deadly virus, Pelosi took it upon herself to blame the president for the tragic loss of life resulting from this virus. This statement, and some of Pelosi’s prior statements, are not only vile, but un-American. They also make it difficult to decipher whose side Pelosi is really on.
As reported by The Hill, Pelosi recently blamed the president for the deaths that have resulted from this virus, stating, “As the president fiddles, people are dying. We just have to take every precaution.” The vile nature of this statement cannot be overstated. As Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) pointed out:
“This is the same Speaker of the House who held up the bill in the Senate for days because she wanted same-day voting. She wanted carbon neutrality for the airlines. She is the one that held up the package in the Senate for days. … So it’s the most shameful, disgusting thing I have heard yet, and it needs to stop.”
Not only is Pelosi’s comment disgusting, it is also incorrect, as the president’s initial and decisive decision to deny foreign nationals who had traveled to China in the past 14 days entry into the United States likely saved many lives. As reported by The Federalist, “Trump’s China travel ban reduced arrivals from the hotspot to the United States by 90 percent and ‘prevent[ed] more cases from China coming into the United States.’” His leadership since then has also been exemplary and decisive and has further preserved the lives of American citizens.
What is most concerning about Pelosi’s comment is what it says about her. Rather than standing with the president and supporting his efforts, the efforts of his coronavirus team/task force, and our wonderful country during this difficult time, she chose to launch a vile, unsupported, and shameful attack in which she tried to attribute the unfortunate and tragic loss of life resulting from this virus to the president’s initial reaction and response to the virus.
Pelosi is not just some regular person; She is third-in-line to the presidency and swore to uphold the Constitution. She is also the Speaker of the House and a member of Congress. With that role comes responsibility, including the responsibility to represent Congress with dignity and class, maintain the integrity of Congress (whatever is left), help to unite the country during difficult times, and to stand behind and support the president’s efforts (at least publicly) in front of the American public. Her failure to do so begs the question; Whose team is Pelosi really on? For someone who is allegedly so concerned with protecting Americans and American lives, some of her recent comments and decisions seriously question where her loyalties lie!
After all, as reported by The Daily Caller, it was Pelosi who took a tour through San Francisco’s Chinatown on February 24 where she complained about alleged racism against Asian Americans as a result of the coronavirus (which originated in China). During that tour, Pelosi invited others to join her and to stand together, stating:
“It’s exciting to be here, especially at this time to be able to be unified with our community. 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.’”
The hypocrisy here is self-evident. How can Pelosi possibly complaint about Trump’s initial response to the virus and blame him for the subsequent loss of life when she encouraged people to get together on the streets of San Francisco a month before her diatribe against the president? Is Pelosi also responsible for the loss of life resulting from this virus due to her irresponsible call for people to congregate to support her ridiculous cause?
It was also Pelosi who objected to Trump’s expanded travel ban that was meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus and to protect American lives. As reported by The Hill, Pelosi stated:
“The Trump Administration’s expansion of its outrageous, un-American travel ban threatens our security, our values and the rule of law. The sweeping rule, barring more than 350 million individuals from predominantly African nations from traveling to the United States, is discrimination disguised as policy.”
“With this latest callous decision, the President has doubled down on his cruelty and further undermined our global leadership, our Constitution and our proud heritage as a nation of immigrants.”
Pelosi’s stance appears to put the interests of others (non-U.S.-citizens) ahead of the health and well-being of American citizens. Clearly, the president’s directive was not un-American, nor did it threaten the nation’s security or the rule of law. To the contrary, it was specifically meant to protect American from further exposure to a dangerous virus in the midst of a terrible pandemic. It was meant to save American lives!
Pelosi was also the one who previously gave free “advice” to immigrants who were in the country illegally and advised them how to avoid arrest and deportation by ICE agents. In other words, Pelosi was instructing people who were in the country illegally and who were not American citizens how to circumvent the law. In doing so, so risked the lives of ICE agents and other American citizens. During an episode of Lou Dobbs Tonight, Guest Judd noted that “the only reason that she is doing this is because she is absolutely anti-President Trump.” Think about that; the Speaker of the House was willing to put the well-being of those were in the country illegally above the interests of the nation’s brave ICE agents simply because she detests the president.
Pelosi’s decision to publicly blame the president for the tragic and unfortunate loss of life was not only reprehensible, it was also un-American. Sadly, it is not the first time that Pelosi has engaged in conduct and/or made comments that have rightfully led some to wonder where her loyalties lie. In doing so, she has undermined her position as a member of Congress and as Speaker of the House and has created the opportunity for people to question whose side she is really on.
Mr. Hakim is a writer, commentator and a practicing attorney. His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, The Epoch Times, The Western Journal, American Thinker and other online publications.