House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just went after reporters for — get this — not doing a better job “selling” President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending package.
According to The Daily Wire, Pelosi “berated” journalists after one asked her at a Tuesday press conference whether Democrats “need to do a better job at messaging” when it comes to the pricey and sweeping legislation.
“To be very frank”
According to Fox News, the reporter had called attention to a recent CBS News poll that found only 10% of respondents said they knew “a lot of the specifics” of Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” proposal.
“Do you think you need to do a better job at messaging,” the reporter asked, “and going forward, how do you sell this?”
The speaker was “frank” in her response. “Well, I think you all could do a better job of selling it, to be very frank with you,” she shot back, according to The Daily Wire. Pelosi continued:
Because every time I come here, I go through the list, family medical leave, climate, the issues that are in there, but it is true, it is hard to break through when you have such a comprehensive package. But as we narrow it down and put it out there, I think that it will and for example, one of the things in the bill is the continuation of the Biden tax credit. That is child tax credit that is in the rescue package that has great appeal.
Pelosi concluded with another strange statement in which she claimed that “whether they know it or not,” Americans “overwhelmingly support” the $3.5 trillion bill.
It’s an outrageous claim, to say the least. What’s more, since when is it the job of reporters to “sell” the Democrats’ agenda?
Caught on camera
In addition to a lack of enthusiasm from Americans, the spending proposal has hit two major roadblocks in the Senate, where Democrats Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) and Joe Manchin (WV) have both refused to cave to pressure on a bill that they say comes with too high a price tag.
Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic caucus are trying to get this bill through Congress using reconciliation, which means that only a simple majority is needed in the Senate. But with Dems only holding control of 50 seats in the upper chamber, either Sinema’s or Manchin’s vote alone would be enough to derail the legislation, regardless of whether Pelosi’s House passes it.
After her recent failures, Pelosi has set an end of October deadline to hold a vote on the bill. Until then, she seems content to beg journalists to do her bidding.
Take a look at the Tuesday incident for yourself:
Responding to CBS News poll showing most Americans don’t know specifics of Democrats’ spending bill, Pelosi tells @NikolenDC “it is hard to break through when you have such a comprehensive package”
“Whether they know it or not, they overwhelmingly support it,” she says pic.twitter.com/G0wQLFR6Ju
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 12, 2021