Pelosi Uses Commerce Secretary Ross' Shutdown Comments Out of Context

Nick Kangadis | January 24, 2019
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Despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) using the majority of her time during her weekly press conference on Thursday to appeal to emotion, she also had time to twist the words of a member of the Trump administration.

In Pelosi’s weekly address, she quoted Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross with two words of what he said during an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“They [Trump administration] have Wilbur Ross saying he doesn’t understand why when he was asked about people going into food lines and pantries and the rest,” Pelosi said. “He says he doesn’t understand why they [federal workers affected by the government shutdown] have to do that.”

That’s when Pelosi let her snide side shine.

“I don’t know,” Pelosi continued. “Is this the ‘let them eat cake’ kind of attitude or ‘call your father for money’ or, uh, ‘this is character building for you. It’s all going to end up very well just so long as you don’t get your paychecks.’”

What? That sounds like the attitude Pelosi had when she went to Hawaii during the early stages of the partial shutdown. Look, she’s just really upset that Trump took her plane away while the government is in a state of flux.

The problem with Pelosi’s use of Ross’ words was the fact that she neglected to say why Ross doesn’t understand why federal workers affected by the shutdown have had to resort to food banks and pantries.

Here’s what Ross told CNBC concerning federal workers using food banks and pantries (transcript below video):

I know they are, and I don’t really quite understand why. Because, as I mentioned before, the obligations that they would undertake — say borrowing from a bank or a credit union — are, in effect, federally guaranteed. So the 30 days of pay that some people will be out, there’s no real reason why they shouldn’t be able to get a loan against it. And we’ve seen a number of ads from financial institutions doing that.

If the jokers at CNBC actually read what their own website reports, they’d know that CNBC published an article almost a week ago listing banks and credit unions that are offering “interest-free loans.”

Instead, the CNBC panel harshly criticized Ross’ comments as insensitive to those families that live paycheck-to-paycheck because of the interest on the loan they would take out. 

I understand the Left doesn’t typically like using any comments that might benefit them in context. If they actually used people’s words in context, they’d have very little leg to stand on. Being accurate just wouldn’t be convenient to the far-left agenda.