James Corden took a break from interviewing celebrities on the virtual version of his "Late, Late Show" to take a call from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Monday night, when the two chatted about both the White House's and Congress's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Of course, she gave the former a failing grade.
But the speaker's conclusion was unfortunately based on narratives that have been debunked several times. For starters, she claimed that President Trump acted too slowly to the outbreak and that his "delay" cost thousands of lives. He knew about the virus in its early stages, she argued, yet failed to share that information with the class.
Unhinged: Nancy Pelosi pushes false "delay" narrative even though Dr. Anthony Fauci had rebutted it that same day pic.twitter.com/1g5xQEDfab— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 14, 2020
"We all kind of found out when it was in the public domain," she said. "What we're finding out now though, was the the intelligence community and the scientific community were advising the president of this way early on."
Instead of acting, the president called the coronavirus a "hoax" and minimized it and said it would "magically disappear," Pelosi claimed.
"We lost time," she said. "The delay and the denial caused deaths."
Clearly, Pelosi did not watch the much talked about clip Trump ran during Monday's coronavirus task force press briefing. The video, which has become somewhat infamous (or legendary, depending on what side you're on) in only 24 hours, featured times in which the media has downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19. It also provided a detailed timeline of how the Trump administration responded to the pandemic. As he and his task force have noted repeatedly, the president banned travel to and from China almost as soon as they learned that it had originated in Wuhan.
Pelosi snuck another misleading narrative into her interview with Corden too, when she claimed that the president called the coronavirus a "hoax." As we know, he was not referring to the virus itself, but Democrats' political attempts to blame him for it.
On "The Late Late Show," Pelosi made it sound like she was an apolitical player in all this. But we have proof that she nearly singlehandedly derailed Phase Three of the congressional coronavirus relief effort by trying to tack on a radical wish list.
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