By Sandy Fitzgerald(NEWSMAX)
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the ongoing impasse over coronavirus relief stimulus legislation, accusing her of being “fundamentally unserious” and “derelict in her duties.”
“Her stimulus bill was chock-full of, guess what, mail-in voting regulations to try to secure Democrat power in the halls of Congress,” McEnany said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” adding that President Donald Trump has been serious about negotiating.
“She does not deserve to be speaker ever again,” McEnany said of Pelosi, who was nominated in November to keep her seat. The full House will vote on the new speaker when it convenes in early January.
Her comments come as a bipartisan group including Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, push for coronavirus relief legislation and pressure grows on lawmakers to take action, according to a Tuesday report from The Washington Post.
McEnany said Trump has “continually put the pressure on” Pelosi for a bill but the speaker has been “laughable.”
“She wants this amount of funding to open schools and we give that we give more than that and she rejects it,” said McEnany, adding that the bipartisan group needs to put pressure on “radicals” such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar who “control Nancy Pelosi like a marionette puppet.”
Also on Tuesday, McEnany said she was appearing on the program in her official role as press secretary but still commented that the president has been “unapologetic” for the past 10 months in saying mail-in voting “is subject to fraud.”
“This has been a key part of what he has talked about when it comes to election integrity. He wants to make sure signatures are matched,” she said.
She added that when Pelosi took the gavel, her first bill was one to allow illegal immigrants on voting rolls and to allow ballots to be cast without signature matching.
“Democrats for years, far before the 2016 election, the 2020 election, have tried to make our election system less secure,” she claimed. “The president is going to continue to fight for that while also saying it’s important to turn out and vote while also perfecting the system.”