House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: COVID-19 Should Be Called ‘Trump Virus’

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During an interview on Tuesday night with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that COVID-19, which originated in China, should be called the “Trump virus.”

“I think with the president’s comments today, he recognized the mistakes that he has made by now embracing mask-wearing and the recognition this is not a hoax. It is a pandemic that has gotten worse before it will get better because of his inaction, and, in fact, clearly, it is the Trump virus.” Nancy Pelosi said.

“Well, what do you mean when you say ‘the Trump virus?’” asked Blitzer.

“The Trump virus.” Pelosi said. “If they — if he had said months ago, let’s wear masks, let’s not — let’s socially distance, instead of having rallies and political, whatever they were, then more people would have followed his lead – he’s the President of the United States – instead of being a bad example, making it like a manhood thing, not to wear a mask.”

“So, in any event, it was weird because a briefing on the coronavirus should be about science, and that is something the president has ignored.” Pelosi said. “It should be about governance, and now, he’s finally embracing, saying, ‘Okay, it’s okay to wear a mask.’ So, I think a good deal of what we have suffered is clearly the Trump virus.”

But, as former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted, “It is a new low for Pelosi to refer to the Trump Virus. She didn’t require masks in her committees until mid June & opposed the China travel ban. The only one to blame for this virus is China. Many have died. We should be unified on that front, not playing political games with it.”