Pelosi Implodes, Accuses PBS Reporter of Being 'Advocate' for Republicans - WATCH
Judy Woodruff appears to hit raw nerve with Democratic House speaker
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appeared to suffer some form of meltdown during an interview on PBS this week.
Speaker Pelosi had a bitter exchange with "PBS NewsHour" anchor Judy Woodruff when the reporter brought up the ongoing stalemate on Capitol Hill between lawmakers negotiating a so-called "Phase 4" coronavirus relief bill.
During their interview, Woodruff asked Pelosi about the "flexibility" that Republicans lawmakers are showing in terms of allocating more money for state and local governments.
She also mentioned arguments from the GOP that "much of the money" allocated in the CARES Act "has not even been spent yet."
That question didn't sit well with Pelosi, who appeared visibly triggered by the remarks.
"Well, if you want to be an advocate for them, Judy, if you want to be an advocate for them, listen to what the facts are," Pelosi scolded the veteran anchor.
"I'm playing devil's advocate here," Woodruff responded.
"No, you aren't," Pelosi shot back.
"The point is we have a bill that meets the needs of the American people.
"It's called the HEROES Act.
"They [Republicans] don't even want to do state and local and when they do, it's very meager and they want to revert money from before."
The exchange received renewed attention of social media Thursday, with Pelosi coming in for heavy criticism.
"Watch what happens when the media actually asks a real question from @SpeakerPelosi," Reagan Battalion reacted.
"This is an outrageous attack on the free press in America by a politician, I await the strong condemnation from the usual corners of the media," Fourth Watch media analyst Steve Krakauer wrote.
"Wow. Pelosi is so worked up about not being tossed softballs here," RedState senior editor Brandon Morse tweeted.
"It's pathetic that she's so indignant about being asked a simple question.
"If Democrats can't respond to simple Republican points then they're in big trouble," he added.
Elsewhere, Pelosi took another swipe at Republican lawmakers on Thursday as congressional leadership struggles to find common ground for a new coronavirus stimulus package.
Pelosi was asked on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" if certain ideas that would give money directly to Americans who need it the most amid the pandemic are measures that "both sides can agree to."
"Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn for what you just described," Pelosi replied to host Jim Cramer.
Speaker Pelosi on why she thinks Republicans won't provide more money to those struggling right now: "Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn." pic.twitter.com/daTxivueuk— The Recount (@therecount) August 6, 2020