There is perhaps no better distillation of the core difference in priorities between the Democratic and Republican parties than their respective approaches to the ongoing economic stimulus negotiations. Over 215,000 Americans are now dead, huge swathes of the population are unemployed, and even those with jobs are struggling to get by in an economy that has been shredded to the bone in large part because of President Trump’s incompetence.
With such a dire state of affairs, one might think the two parties would come together to pass a massive stimulus to save those in need, but instead the Republicans continue to nickel and dime the bill. The Democrat-controlled House has passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package and the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to pass it, arguing that the number should be lower. The GOP has no problem spending trillions to give tax cuts to billionaires and corporations, but when it comes to helping average Americans they suddenly develop frugality.
If Trump cared one iota about this country’s suffering, he would be constantly pressuring Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to meet Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) reasonable demands and endorse the House’s bill. Instead, the president is demonstrating the same lack of leadership that has characterized his entire tenure in the White House. Not only is he failing to take appropriate action and do his job, he’s wasting his time lobbing mud at his political opponents, making the entire process that much more fraught.
Earlier today, Trump called into Fox News and spoke with Stuart Varney. When asked if he would “pick up the phone and call Speaker Pelosi with a higher offer,” Trump once again made it clear how little he cares about these negotiations.
“Sure I would but it’s you know, I know my people, I know life. She’s got a lot of problems, she’s got a lot of mental problems and it’s going to be very hard to do anything with her,” alleged Trump, who struggles to even string together a coherent thought these days. “She wants to wait till after the election. She thinks it hurts the Republicans and I don’t. I think it hurts them,” claimed the president.
The theory is, of course, nonsense. If Pelosi wanted to wait until after the election she never would have passed the bill in the House. The ball is firmly in the Republicans’ courts and yet again they’re failing the American people. There is simply no sane argument for letting Trump and his GOP enablers remain in power at this point. People are dying.
Trump tells Stuart Varney that he won't call up Pelosi and negotiate a stimulus bill because she has "a lot of mental problems" pic.twitter.com/UBcUD5F3iy
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 15, 2020
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