Nancy Pelosi Says Dr. Birx is ‘Enabling’ Trump’s COVID Lies: She ‘Stands There While the President Says ‘Swallow Lysol” — WATCH


On CNN Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about remarks she made over the weekend in which she said she had no confidence in Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force since February 2020.

Said Pelosi to ABC News’ Martha Raddatz: “I think the president has been spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee so, I don’t have confidence there, no.”

Pelosi clarified the remarks to CNN’s Jim Sciutto, explaining a talk she had with White House officials: “What happened is we had a conversation about how we stop the virus, and when we did, they were making contentions about how tracing isn’t a valuable thing, we shouldn’t do it, and I said ‘Well that’s not what most scientists say.’ And they said ‘well we’ll bring a scientist to say that,’ and I said ‘Make sure it’s not Dr. Birx because I don’t have confidence in anyone who stands there while the president says swallow Lysol and it’s going to cure your virus.’”

“It’ll kill you and you won’t have the virus anymore,” Pelosi continued. “I don’t have confidence in somebody when the president says ‘it’s a hoax, magic, it’s going to go away by magic, a miracle,’ and all those things. No. I don’t have confidence.”

“I think that she has enabled [Trump’s lies],” Pelosi added. “But it’s not about her. It’s about the American people and how this administration has not had a strategic plan. …. If the president is saying these things, then who’s advising him that this is okay and enabling that to happen?”

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Pelosi Shades Trump’s 6,200 Tulsa Rally Turnout: ‘That Could Have Been A Zoom Meeting’


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Just fewer than 6,200 people attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Tulsa Fire Department said Sunday — a tiny fraction of the “one million tickets requested” the president proudly touted nearly a week earlier.

“Almost One Million people request tickets for the Saturday Night Rally in Tulsa,” Trump tweeted on Monday despite the venue, the BOK Center, seating just over 19,200.

Trump’s tweet came a day after his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, claimed that over 800,000 people had registered for tickets, calling it the “biggest data haul and rally signup of all time by 10x.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered her first public remarks addressing Trump’s disastrous Tulsa rally, tweeting: “6200. That could have been a Zoom meeting.”


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“Same energy, minus the #coronavirus risk,” the Democratic leader added.

Anticipating high turnout that would exceed the venue’s capacity, the campaign planned a second, outdoor speech to address the crowd in the overflow section.

But that event was quickly scrapped on the evening of the rally, with reporters tweeting photos of the rally showing huge swaths of empty seats in the stadium and nearly empty overflow area.

The New York Times on Sunday reported that the president, who was stunned by the low turn out, yelled “at aides backstage while looking at the endless rows of empty blue seats” in the stadium.

“The president, who had been warned aboard Air Force One that the crowds at the arena were smaller than expected, was stunned, and he yelled at aides backstage while looking at the endless rows of empty blue seats in the upper bowl of the stadium, according to four people familiar with what took place. Brad Parscale, the campaign manager who had put the event together, was not present,” the newspaper added.

Trump appeared dispirited upon his return to D.C. late Saturday night.


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House Passes Coronavirus Relief Bill Which Sits as ‘Remarkably Irresponsible’ Mitch McConnell Takes 3-Day Weekend; U.S. Cases Grow to 2,179


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The House voted 363-40 to pass a coronavirus relief bill on Friday night. 40 Republicans voted against the bill.

The Daily Beast reports: ” The bill provides expanded paid sick leave and unemployment insurance for those dealing with the virus, offers free testing for all, and increases Medicaid funding for local health care systems. While Republicans initially had misgivings with proposals in the bill, GOP leaders claimed credit for forcing changes, and ultimately an overwhelming number in both parties voted in favor of the package.”

The NYT reports: “Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, said in a statement after the vote that ‘senators will need to carefully review’ the bill passed by the House. ‘But I believe the vast majority of senators in both parties will agree we should act swiftly to secure relief for American workers, families and small businesses’ he said.

As of Saturday morning, there have been 2,179 cases of coronavirus confirmed by lab tests in the United States and 48 deaths. The cases are climbing exponentially.

Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell took the weekend off. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blasted McConnell: “It was remarkably irresponsible and out of touch for Sen. McConnell to send senators out of town in the middle of a public health crisis before the House passed this vital people-focused legislation.”

As did Kamala Harris: “It’s pretty basic: when our country faces a serious crisis, the federal government has a duty to act. Yet despite the growing outbreak of the coronavirus, which is threatening the lives of our people and testing the strength of our economy, Mitch McConnell gave the Senate a three-day weekend.”

#WheresMitch was trending on Twitter Saturday morning as the crisis continued.

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