Pelosi blames Trump for US coronavirus deaths

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) used some of her time during a Tuesday press conference to talk about COVID-19 relief efforts and the massive relief bill that made its way through Congress, while discussing how she thinks Congress will move forward as President-elect Joe Biden takes over the White House on January 20.

Pelosi used her time behind the podium to repeat the false liberal talking point that “hundreds of thousands” of COVID-19-related deaths are the result of President Donald Trump’s response to the virus, according to the Post Millennial.

As of this writing, not a single mainstream media outlet has bothered to fact-check Pelosi’s patently false claim that the president is responsible for the Chinese COVID-19 virus and the havoc it has wreaked on American citizens.

What did she say?

Reporters quizzed the Speaker on what she thinks will be on the table, legislation-wise, as Congress readies to convene for a new session under a Biden White House, given that she’s argued that much more aid needs to be distributed across the country.

“Well, we’ll make a judgment all the time about what the needs are. I think that when you see the surge and the coronavirus, you know that we cannot just think it’s over or that we can ignore it,” Pelosi said, hinting that more relief packages could be on the way next year.

That’s the point at which she decided to remind her constituents and congressional colleagues that the death and consequences of the virus rest almost fully on the shoulders of the president.

“The denial, the delay, the distortion, the calling it a hoax has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, not all of them attributed to President Trump, but most of them that could have been avoided,” Pelosi added.

She went on to explain that the virus is a “matter of life and death” and essentially told the reporter that Congress will be playing the situation by ear, depending on what happens in the near future, adding that Congress will eventually make a judgment based on “what may be for the better or may be for the worse as we go forward.”

Fact-checking Pelosi

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 virus is known to have made its way to the United States and the rest of the world from China. While Pelosi and her colleagues slammed the president early on in the outbreak, Trump was busy making decisions like closing off air travel to and from China, along with several other countries.

After the first COVID-19 relief package was passed, the president promised Americans at the time that a vaccine would be available before the end of the year — a notion that was laughed off by a number of Democrats and Trump’s critics in the media.

In a speech in the White House Rose Garden on May 15th, the president announced Operation Warp Speed, which coupled the resources of the U.S. government and the innovation of private industry to eventually develop not one, but several highly effective COVID-19 vaccines.

Fast-forward to mid-December 2020, and COVID-19 vaccines from both Pfizer and Moderna have already been authorized and rolled out by the millions to vaccinate America’s most vulnerable populations. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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