House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday, Sept. 9, said that allegations by journalist Bob Woodward against President Donald Trump would cause the president to be voted out in November.
Woodward claimed in his book that President Trump said he knew the CCP Virus (COVID-19 coronavirus) was “deadly” but downplayed the virus in public. The president also allegedly expressed his dislike for Democratic vice president candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
Pelosi told MSNBC that she believed President Trump would lose the upcoming presidential election and Democrats would win control of the Senate because of the president’s “negative attitudes” toward other people.
“I’m really excited about Joe Biden,” Pelosi said. “I think he’s going to be a great president. I never saw any hatred coming from Kamala Harris, and neither did the president. But he’s always projecting his negative attitudes onto the other people.”
“But it won’t be long,” she added. “In eight weeks we’ll be celebrating the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, a Democratic Senate, a strengthened Democratic House of Representatives.”
President Trump defended the comment, telling reporters that he was referring to how he handled public statements about the ongoing pandemic so that he did not incite unwarranted panic.
“The fact is, I’m a cheerleader for this country,” President Trump said. “I love our country, and I don’t want people to be frightened.”
“We don’t want to instill panic,” the president added. “We don’t want to jump up and down and start shouting that we have a problem that is a tremendous problem.”
Pelosi contended that’s not the way to avoid a panic. She accused the president of “ignoring” the virus outbreak.
“The way to avoid a panic is to show leadership to say this is what the challenge is, we’re going to use the best scientific evidence that is available to us to contain it,” Pelosi said. “We are going to make sure that we can stop the spread of it. That is what stops a panic, not ignoring it.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House’s coronavirus response team, came to President Trump’s defense on Wednesday, saying that he does not believe the president intentionally “distorted” information about the virus and that President Trump delivered remarks on the virus consistent with what the task force had discussed with him.
“I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything,” Fauci said. “I mean in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We related that to him. And when he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things. He would often say, ‘We just got through with a briefing with the group from the task force,’ and would talk about it. So it may have happened, but I have not seen that kind of distortion.”
In mid-January, Pelosi still held on impeachment articles against President Trump when the CCP Virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, started expanding to other countries. The first case of CCP Virus was reported in the United States on Jan. 20. On Jan. 31, President Trump issued travel restrictions from China to stop the spread of the virus—the move was roundly denounced by Democrats and even the World Health Organization’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Pelosi on Feb. 24, toured San Francisco’s Chinatown, saying that there’s no reason tourists or locals should be staying away from the area because of virus concerns.
“That’s what we’re trying to do today is to say everything is fine here,” she said. “Come because precautions have been taken. The city is on top of the situation.”