Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom seems to have no regrets about California becoming a hotspot for the deadly Asian disease.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is happy with the job Newsom has done in responding to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
In the Golden State more than 515,600 people have been infected and nearly 9,400 died according to the Worldometer website. This means California has the nation’s highest number of active cases and deaths, followed by Florida, Texas, and New York.
ABC News “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz asked what Newsom could have done better to avoid his state from having a “record” high number of CCP Virus cases and Pelosi refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing on the governor’s part.
“I do not think he [Newsom] did anything wrong,” she said in a video shared on YouTube. “We are very proud of our governor, Governor Newsom, and he contained and controlled how this spread in the beginning.”
She then blamed Americans who wanted to reopen the country for causing the number of infections to jump, and said this should serve as a warning to restrict the national economy indefinitely.
“Some people in the state wanted to open up and we are a large state and have great diversity of opinion on what should happen in different regions and when the opening up took place we had more cases,” she said. “That should be instructive to others. The virus is vicious and you have to have shelter in place as long as you need it. And when you do and you reduce the spread then you can open up the state.”
Pelosi recently raised eyebrows when she confirmed media speculation that she had no confidence in White House CCP Virus Response Coordinator Deborah Birx because the president appointed her.
“I think the president is spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee so, I do not have confidence there, no,” she said.
She made the remarks after a closed meeting on July 30 where she reportedly told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that “Deborah Birx is the worst. Wow, what horrible hands you are in.”
This unflattering characterization of Birx prompted several media outlets to circulate news of Pelosi’s alleged insults, which could arguably be motivated by party politics.
The White House described the comments as “deeply irresponsible” and accused her of repeatedly trying to “undermine and create public distrust” in the top public health professional on the coronavirus task force.
“It is also just wrong, period—hard stop,” White House’s Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah said on Twitter.