Graham Blasts 'Disgusting' Pelosi for Saying Trump Contributed to Death Toll
Republican senator says Democratic House speaker's comments are 'shameful'
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has blasted Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for suggesting that President Donald Trump has contributed to the death toll during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Republican senator slammed Rep. Pelosi's "shameful, disgusting" comments about her president.
Graham was responding to claims by Pelosi that President Trump delayed the response to the Chinese virus pandemic, causing more deaths.
Senator Graham unloaded on the Democrat leader while speaking to Fox News's Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.
"She’s blaming the president of the United States for people dying because of the way he has led the country," Graham said.
"That’s the most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history."
"She’s the first politician to blame another politician for people dying," he continued.
"This is the same Speaker of the House who held up the bill in the Senate for days because she wanted same-day voting, she wanted carbon neutrality for the airlines, she wanted $75 million of the Endowment for the Humanities and $25 million for the Kennedy Center," Graham added.
"She is the one that held up the package in the Senate for days to get the Green New Deal put in a recovery package.
"So it’s the most shameful, disgusting thing I’ve heard yet, and it needs to stop.”
“We took most of the garbage out.
"But for her to blame this president for causing loss of life after she held up the relief package for days, to get a liberal special interest shopping list in the bill, is pretty disgusting.”
Pelosi was widely criticized for being the lawmaker responsible for killing the bipartisan emergency coronavirus relief bill as it struggled to get through the Senate.
According to Ben Williamson, the chief of staff for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Speaker Pelosi is reportedly why Democrats suddenly U-turned on the measures that previously had bipartisan support in the Senate.
Williamson says Pelosi held up the bill by demanding a "wishlist" of unrelated Democrat policies be included, striking down the bipartisan agreement ironed out by the Senate.
The wish list reportedly included partisan measures such as money for refugees and targets for greenhouse gas emissions.