House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the “most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history,” a top Republican senator said on Sunday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, chastised the California Democrat after she railed against President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pelosi said, “His denial at the beginning was deadly,” and as he “fiddles, people are dying” during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union.
Graham took umbrage with her comments on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures.
“What she said, she’s blaming the president of the United States for people dying because of the way he’s led the country. That’s the most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history,” the South Carolina Republican said.
“Let me tell you, we’ve seen the best of America from our citizens helping each other, delivering groceries, having special shopping hours for senior citizens. She’s the first politician to blame another politician for people dying,” he added.
Graham criticized Pelosi for her handling of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by Congress and signed by Trump last week.
“This is the same speaker of the House who held up the bill in the Senate for days because she wanted same-day voting, she wanted carbon neutrality for the airlines, she wanted $75 million for the endowment for the humanities, and $25 million for the Kennedy Center,” Graham said.
“She is the one that held up the package in the Senate for days to get the Green New Deal put in a recovery package. So it’s the most shameful, disgusting thing I’ve heard yet. And it needs to stop,” he added.