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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is apparently not one for multitasking, because when asked during a briefing Thursday about the prospect of passing additional COVID funds, she snapped at the reporter for focusing on COVID “while people are dying” in Ukraine.
As previously reported, the federal COVID relief money fund is set to be depleted, and so the White House has been pushing Congress to approve more funding. But these efforts have stalled for various reasons.
During Pelosi’s weekly briefing this Thursday, NBC News’ Jake Sherman asked her whether she intends to take her time passing a relief package. This first time around, she replied normally and without any issue. But when Sherman “circled back” moments later to ask a second question about relief money, she snapped.
“Madam Speaker … I just wanted to dig into that a little bit more on the COVID relief,” the NBC News reporter said.
“This will be your third time,” Pelosi snapped back.
FYI, it was his second time …
“My third time, what, asking about COVID relief?” Sherman responded.
“Yeah,” the Speaker replied.
“Well, it’s substantive. You like substantive questions, so I just want to …,” Sherman fired back.
But before he could finish speaking, Pelosi cut in, saying, “Yeah, well, while people are dying in the Ukraine and all of that, yeah.”
Apparently, she’s not one for multitasking. Twitter critics had some guesses as to why not:
Old people can only concentrate on one thing at a time.
— Kathy Wills (@thecatsblack) March 17, 2022
— JacquesC97 (@NJDevs97) March 17, 2022
She’s drunk. Again.
— Ocala Mike (@OcalaMike20) March 17, 2022
I guess this is proof Congress can’t walk & chew gum at the same time. “Why are you asking about covid where 1k/d are dying of covid, when hundreds of Ukrainians are dying in another country and we’ve decided not to *DO* anything, just give them stuff?”
— ColinDotNet (@ColinDotNet) March 17, 2022
Responding to the Speaker’s remark, Sherman said, “People are dying from COVID too.”
He then asked Pelosi whether she intends to offset any future COVID spending. She said that she does.
While the Speaker maintained a smile throughout this whole exchange, the animosity was evident.
Incidentally, many Twitter critics didn’t appreciate either the animosity or the alleged lack of empathy for COVID sufferers here in the states, especially given that the 2-year COVID pandemic she so flagrantly dismissed in Thursday’s exchange has destroyed countless American lives:
People die every die needlessy and tragically. I have empathy. Is this war now prioritizing the needs of Ukrainians more then Americans? Can we not have simultaneous discussions.
— Captain Fina (@CaptainFina) March 17, 2022
The reporter is right. We are all done with COVID, but it’s not done with us. I’m broken-hearted watching Ukraine too, but I’m also worried about my patients. And, right now, COVID is a more immediate issue to the US.
— Nancy (@AllAreStarStuff) March 17, 2022
Total Ukraine casualties are what, maybe 12 hours of US Covid? Not that Ukraine isn’t important, but there’s no comparison in magnitude. She acts like it’s job done.
— The Nasty Riff (@nastyriff) March 17, 2022
Approximately 650 Ukrainian civilians have died since the Russian attacks began.
Over 1,000 Americans are dying EVERY SINGLE DAY due to COVID… pic.twitter.com/1sigl298zE
— TrekkerTeach (@trekkerteach12) March 17, 2022
Twitter critics also noted that the only reason there’s a COVID funding crisis right now is because Congress, half of which she oversees as House Speaker, recently made the decision to cut COVID funding and send money to Ukraine instead
“Democratic leaders abruptly abandoned plans for a fresh infusion of $15.6 billion for battling the COVID pandemic on Wednesday, clearing the way for House debate and passage of a vast government spending bill that is anchored by aid for Ukraine and European allies,” as reported by Fortune magazine during the first week of March.
In other words, people like Pelosi chose to prioritize the needs of the foreigners in Ukraine over the needs of the American people.
At least million dead Americans aren’t her first consideration…
— Stephanie Ⓥ🌎🛴🍄🎨🦢🕯N (@SAVoltolin) March 17, 2022
Let’s ask why the almost exact same amount of billions that were to go to COVID are now going to Ukraine…and why they ignore the war at our own southern border & the fentanyl deaths, trafficking & slavery issues in this country.
— Colleen (@pensfan871987) March 17, 2022
It’s important to be clear she’s saying she doesn’t give a fuck if funding for testing and vaccines for uninsured are going away because we have to send guns to Ukraine.
— Free Legal Opinions (@esqgirl2) March 17, 2022
So sorry you lost your job and haven’t gotten back healthcare but the military industrial complex is the priority here.
— Free Legal Opinions (@esqgirl2) March 17, 2022
The best part is when she insists that additional COVID funds have to be offset elsewhere in the budget.
Was the massive aid package for Ukraine “offset” with spending cuts or tax increases?
— Inspector Detective Lucky Jim (@Raveen4L) March 17, 2022
— Misgivings #3 (@lacunalingua_3) March 18, 2022
To be fair to the speaker, the majority of Republicans in the House and Senate helped her fund Ukraine at the expense of the American people. In fact, Republicans are now reportedly calling for even more aid to be sent.
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