Republicans have long faulted Democratic Party leaders for their response to the coronavirus pandemic, but the chorus of critics is growing to include a range of voices — including comedian Chris Rock.
He sounded off on the political environment during a recent interview with The New York Times, blaming U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other leading Democrats for letting “the pandemic come in” after falling short on their promise of impeachment, as reported by Breitbart.
“You let the pandemic come in”
“It was totally up to Pelosi and the Democrats,” Rock said. “Their thing was, ‘We’re going to get him impeached,’ which was never going to happen. You let the pandemic come in. Yes, we can blame Trump, but he’s really the 5-year-old.”
As might be expected, Rock used the opportunity to take plenty of shots at the president, expounding considerably on his comparison of Trump to a child.
“Did you ever see that movie The Last Emperor, where like a 5-year-old is the emperor of China?” he asked. “There’s a kid and he’s the king.”
Nevertheless, he concluded that “it’s all the Democrats’ fault” because they “knew that the emperor was 5 years old” and only capable of leading “in theory.”
It is the adults, he claimed, who typically intervene to say, “OK, this is what we’re really going to do.”
Pelosi under mounting pressure
Rock’s jabs at the president aside, many Americans credit the Trump administration for restricting travel when the coronavirus began spreading throughout the U.S. — even as Democrats including Pelosi encouraged citizens to get out of their home amid the growing public health crisis.
Furthermore, the Democratic Party’s pursuit of impeachment has been linked to a potential delay in legislation meant to provide COVID-19 relief.
While clearly not motivated by support for Trump, Rock shed some important light on the culpability many Americans believe Democrats have in the current state of multiple nationwide crises.
With Pelosi earning opprobrium from her own party for refusing to negotiate with Republicans in drafting the next coronavirus relief bill, she is facing mounting partisan pressure.
As Election Day draws near, the growing perception that Democrats are playing politics instead of working to help their constituents is not likely to help the party’s candidates anywhere on the ballot.