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Savannah Rychcik September 16, 2020 0 Comments

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are praising President Donald Trump after he urged Republican lawmakers to “go for the much higher numbers” in coronavirus relief negotiations.

“We are encouraged that after months of the Senate Republicans insisting on shortchanging the massive needs of the American people, President Trump is now calling on Republicans to ‘go for the much higher numbers’ in the next coronavirus relief package,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement.

They added, “We look forward to hearing from the President’s negotiators that they will finally meet us halfway with a bill that is equal to the massive health and economic crises gripping our nation.”

The Democratic lawmakers noted 200,000 Americans will have died from the coronavirus by the end of the week.

“The lives and livelihoods of the American people depend on Republicans abandoning their obsession with doing as little as possible while the coronavirus rages through our nation,” Pelosi and Schumer said.

Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to call for a bigger relief package, as IJR previously reported.

While he called Democrats “heartless,” he still encouraged Republicans to increase the price tag on the bill.

Pelosi and Schumer’s statement comes just days after the Senate killed the GOP backed bill, as IJR previously reported.

The bill would have provided around $300 billion in new coronavirus aid.

During a CNBC interview on Tuesday, Pelosi explained, “We are committed to staying here until we have an agreement.”

According to her, the disagreements are based on how to “crush the virus.”

She told CNN on Friday she is “optimistic” Congress will pass another relief package ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), on the contrary, said, “it doesn’t look that good right now.”

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Pelosi Calls the Proud Boys Trumps Friends

Savannah Rychcik October 1, 2020 0 Comments

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is criticizing President Donald Trump for enabling the far-right group the Proud Boys during the Tuesday night’s presidential debate.

During her press briefing on Thursday, Pelosi detailed her own experience with the Proud Boys and accused Trump of giving them the go-ahead during his debate remarks.

“Speaking of violence, the Proud Boys, the president’s friends you know the Proud Boys, who are celebrating the green light that he gave them in the debate,” Pelosi said.

She mentioned she was in Florida for a congressional race where the Proud Boys made an appearance.

During a volunteer meeting, the Proud Boys “pounded the doors” and “scared” those who were attending, as Pelosi said.

Watch her comments below:

Nancy Pelosi calls the Proud Boys "the presidents friends" and says he gave them "the green light" in his debate remarks https://t.co/Nj065CIsxp pic.twitter.com/cf5kVQOFwx

— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 1, 2020

“They were tasked by the Florida Republican Party to come and disrupt that meeting, which they did in a violent way,” Pelosi said.

She added, “So, in case the president doesn’t remember that, he could call his friend Governor DeSantis who was part of that thing.”

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Proud Boys “represent an unconventional strain of American right-wing extremism.”

Pelosi made it clear she was troubled by Trump’s failure to outright condemn white supremacy and extremist groups during the debate, as IJR previously reported.

“I lost a lot of sleep last night over that one fact,” Pelosi said.

When moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he would be willing to tell them to “stand down” Trump said, “Sure.”

He continued on, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left. Because this is not a right-wing problem.”

Trump received significant backlash for his comments.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended Trump’s record of condemning white supremacy during her press briefing on Thursday, as IJR previously reported.

She told a reporter during a heated exchange Trump’s record is not “mixed in the slightest.”

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