Former Republican House speaker shreds Democrats for blocking COVID-19 relief bill
Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has blasted Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for leading Democrats into shutting down the bipartisan coronavirus relief bill in the Senate.
Senate Democrats suddenly U-turned and blocked the critical $2 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package in a 47-47 vote on Sunday night, despite previously supporting the bipartisan measures.
The move has reportedly sent futures markets into freefall, plummeting by over 5 percent on Monday.
Democrats have stalled the plan to pass the bill by Monday and send it to the House for a vote, according to the Washington Examiner.
President Donald Trump and congressional leaders were hoping the measure would send a signal to help stabilize the stock market and U.S. economy.
Speaking to “Fox & Friends” Monday, Newt explained that House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Schumer, “believe they can blackmail the president into accepting really dumb ideas.”
“This is classic,” Gingrich declared as he continued by showing past examples of how the Democrats have used leverage to push through their agenda during a crisis.
“In 1990, the Democrats blackmailed President George H.W. Bush into breaking his word on taxes where they said they wouldn’t agree to a budget agreement,” Newt said.
“In 2007 and 2008 when Pelosi was first speaker she basically passed terrible legislation, which President George W. Bush felt he had to sign, things which crippled the economy,” Newt added.
“The Democrats continued that for the first two years of Obama and by 2010 we won the House with John Boehner and the slogan ‘Where are the jobs?’”
“So what you have now is a power struggle where Pelosi and Schumer believe they can blackmail the president into accepting really dumb ideas,” he added.
“I think there are some things you negotiate, there are some things you can work out, but I personally do not want to see a Trump-McConnell-McCarthy team that are blackmailed by Pelosi and Schumer and give in,” Gingrich said.
“I think the American people need to understand we can get something done immediately this week.”
“The House has to come back to do it, but they ought to put a lot of pressure on Pelosi and Schumer to put America ahead of partisanship and to try to help solve an American crisis, not just pay off their allies and their interest groups,” he added.
Newt Gingrich: Pelosi, Schumer believe they can blackmail President Trump pic.twitter.com/97qKTRe1y3
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Newt later followed-up on Twitter:
The lack of shame with which Schumer and Pelosi try to blackmail President Trump,Leader McConnell and leader Mccarthy is breathtaking.Millions of Americans need help -these two Democrats are blocking the help to try to force leftwing policies and money for their interest groups.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) March 23, 2020
“The lack of shame with which Schumer and Pelosi try to blackmail President Trump, Leader McConnell, and leader Mccarthy is breathtaking,” Newt tweeted.
“Millions of Americans need help -these two Democrats are blocking the help to try to force leftwing policies and money for their interest groups.”