Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accidentally caught herself in a trap of hypocrisy when she tried to attack President Donald Trump for refusing to cave on his wall negotiations to reopen the government.
According to the president, Pelosi completely took wall funding off the table as an option, even if the president was to temporarily reopen the government.
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
After the brief meeting, Pelosi met with reporters to tell her side of the story. She came down hard on Trump for refusing to reopen the border, claiming that he cannot relate to the furloughed government workers because he comes from a wealthy family.
Watch Pelosi’s remarks below:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump doesn't understand financial insecurity that federal workers face during the shutdown: "He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money. But they can’t” pic.twitter.com/PwcUykCXrp
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 9, 2019
“In a few days, many federal workers will not be receiving their paychecks, and what that means in their lives is tragic in terms of their credit rating, paying their mortgage, paying their rent, paying their car payment, paying their children’s tuition, and the rest. The president seems to be insensitive to that. He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money, but they can’t.”
This was an attack from Pelosi on Trump because he not only acquired great wealth for himself, but he also came from a wealthy family.
But Pelosi herself also has great wealth and came from a successful family. According to Roll Call, Pelosi has an estimated net worth of $16 million. Pelosi’s dad, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., was both a congressman and the mayor of Baltimore.
Pelosi spent her Christmas holiday in Hawaii during the beginning days of the shutdown at a resort that costs $899 per night for a standard room and $4,899 per night for the presidential suite, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Meanwhile, Trump canceled his trip to Mar-a-Lago to stay in the Oval Office during the holidays in case someone wanted to restart negotiations. The only break he took from the White House was to visit the troops in Iraq, as IJR previously reported.