Lesley Stahl Questions Pelosi About “Obstructing” Covid Relief, Pelosi Snaps Back With Denials

OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.

In the recently aired 60 Minutes interview, Lesley Stahl really pushed some of Nancy Pelosi’s buttons and Pelosi didn’t keep her cool.

One of the tougher questions was about her obstructing COVID-19 relief.

STAHL: What about the COVID relief package?


STAHL: That was held up for eight months.

PELOSI: Right. But that was their obstruction. Understand this.

STAHL: Well, wait.

PELOSI: Was their obstruction.

STAHL: Yours too.

PELOSI: Their obstruction.

STAHL: No, yours too. Takes two to—

PELOSI: No, it wasn’t obstruction.

STAHL: You held out for eight months.

PELOSI: No, no. We held it up because there was no respect for our heroes, our state and local health care workers, police and fire, our first responders, our sanitation, transportation, food workers, our teachers, our teachers, our teachers. They would not go down that path.

STAHL: There’s a member of your caucus who said specifically that, “We look like obstructionists, and it was a mistake.”

PELOSI: I don’t remember anybody saying that.

Well, you know who did acknowledge the purely political stalling of desperately needed COVID relief until after the election? Nancy Pelosi herself. After refusing to back anything less than a $2 trillion bill that included countless unrelated liberal agenda issues, she finally supported a much smaller $908 billion package saying that the bill “has simplicity, it’s what we had in our bills, it’s for a shorter period of time, but that’s O.K. now because we have a new president.” So it was politics that kept her from making a deal and giving much needed relief to hard working Americans.

She didn’t dare make a deal and bring economic relief to Americans because it might improve the economy and might improve Trump’s chances of reelection, and she was willing to sacrifice the American people to make sure that didn’t happen.