President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he would refuse to sign the massive combined legislation that Congress passed without reading on Monday. The president said he would not sign the package unless billions in “wasteful and unnecessary” spending is removed and the relief checks for Americans are increased to $2,000.
In response, failed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) accused Trump of “literally trying to burn this country down on his way out” of the White House, Breitbart reported.
According to Breitbart, Klobuchar made the dramatic assessment during a discussion Tuesday night on MSNBC with host Rachel Maddow.
The senator labeled Trump’s decision an “attack on every American” and lamented that funds to support unemployment benefits and vaccine distribution that were included in the bill would now not be distributed in a timely fashion.
“People who are out of work, people who need the help, the vaccine distribution is in this, $30 billion — these vaccines are not going to just parachute into a small town in the middle of Minnesota,” she said, accusing the president of “literally undermining our entire effort on testing and vaccine distribution.”
Noting that Maddow was correct to point out that Democrats were in favor of the larger relief checks for Americans, Klobuchar nonetheless defended the “hard-fought negotiations” in Congress that had resulted in the $600 that had been offered in the deal, according to Breitbart.
“Trying to burn this country down”
Klobuchar also noted that, should Trump actually veto the combined bills, the House and Senate likely had the votes to override that veto. Still, she insisted, “he shouldn’t be doing this right now.” The Democrat also implied that Trump had thrown Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who had negotiated on behalf of the White House, under the bus by rejecting the finalized deal.
“He is literally trying to burn this country down on his way out, as I said at the beginning, and all we can do is push and make very clear …which party has people’s backs,” she said, as Breitbart reported.
Amy Klobuchar says Trump refusing to sign a bill that gives people next to nothing and wanting instead for people to receive $2k is an attack on every American. pic.twitter.com/Eoa6B4797R
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 23, 2020
“Burning down” the DOJ
Klobuchar again stuck the Trump-as-arsonist theme on Wednesday during an interview on CNN, this time in response to several pardons and commutations that the president had granted through his right of executive clemency, Breitbart reported.
She argued that the overwhelming majority of those granted clemency were “somehow related to Donald Trump’s interests or to his own political interests,” and that “when you look through all of them, what ties them together is corruption. It is corruption.”
“He uses this to help out his buddies. And, by the way, he’s literally burning down the house of justice as he walks out the door,” Klobuchar said, according to Breitbart. “All the work of law enforcement, of FBI, of prosecutors…career people who worked on these cases so hard to take care of white-collar criminals. He basically is telling them no, demeaning their work.”