House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that members of the Trump administration, as well as some of her “faith-oriented” colleagues in Congress, “don’t believe in science” when it comes to handling the coronavirus pandemic.
According to C-SPAN footage shared on Twitter, Pelosi delivered a speech on the House floor on Monday in support of the $900 billion stimulus bill, Pelosi (D-CA) accused the Trump administration of supporting “quackery” in the form of a herd immunity strategy rather than relying on avoiding infection.
“We couldn’t pass legislation until now because the administration simply did not believe in testing, tracing, treatment, wearing masks, sanitation, separation, and the rest,” Pelosi stated.
“It has become clear to us now that they believed in herd immunity, quackery, springing right from the Oval Office and not denied sufficiently by some of the CDC and the rest,” she went on. “So, now we have a vaccine and that gives us hope. A vaccine that springs from science.”
“People say around here sometimes, ‘I’m faith-oriented so I don’t believe in science’ and I said, ‘Well you can do both. Science is an answer to our prayers and our prayers have been answered with a vaccine,'” Pelosi declared.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 21, 2020
The National Review pointed out that Pelosi apparently was referring to a report by Politico revealing emails in which a Trump administration official with the Department of Health and Human Services pushed for a strategy that emphasized herd immunity.
“There is no other way, we need to establish herd, and it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups expose themselves to the virus. PERIOD,” former science adviser Paul Alexander wrote to HHS Assistant Secretary for public affairs Michael Caputo and six other officials back in July.
“Infants, kids, teens, young people, young adults, middle aged with no conditions etc. have zero to little risk … so we use them to develop herd … we want them infected,” Alexander explained.
Contrary to Pelosi’s complaint, however, there is nothing to indicate that the Trump admin approved of or acted on Alexander’s suggestions, and Politico noted that HHS Secretary Alex Azar recently testified that “herd immunity is not the strategy of the U.S. government with regard to coronavirus.”
The Blaze goes further, pointing out that President Trump has steadfastly supported a scientific approach—even in light of an evolving and developing understanding of the virus:
The administration has supported testing and contact tracing, accelerated development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment through Operation Warp Speed, and consistently encouraged mask wearing and proper social distancing through CDC guidelines.
President Donald Trump has also for months called on Congress to pass additional stimulus and coronavirus relief as Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were unable to come to a bipartisan agreement before the U.S. presidential election. In October, Trump offered to sign a stand-alone bill for $1,200 stimulus checks for every American, which Pelosi neglected to act upon.
In fact, Pelosi entirely dismissed the possibility of passing a stimulus bill that fell short of Democratic demands for a roughly $2.2 trillion spending package, even rejecting a compromise supported by 100 Democrats in August.
Where she refused to act for the last several months, Pelosi is now planting a flag of victory for the massive, 5,593-page, $1.4 trillion spending bill that offers little help to American citizens.
This is exactly the kind of Democrat chicanery to be expected—and it will only flourish under a Biden presidency.
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