Nancy Pelosi had a terrible surprise waiting for her in an interview with Chris Wallace. Pelosi has been saying that President Trump did not take coronavirus serious enough and was slow to act.
Wallace played a video where Pelosi was taking a walking tour through Chinatown in San Francisco and she was urging others to do the same. He then played a second clip in which Pelosi said “everything is fine here.”
Wallace then asked her about the videos and suggested that she didn't take coronavirus seriously.
Wallace asked Pelosi:
“If the president underplayed the threat in the early days, Speaker Pelosi, didn’t you as well?”
“No! What we were trying to do is end the discrimination, the stigma that was going out against the Asian-American community and in fact, if you will look, the record will show that our Chinatown has been a model of containing and preventing the virus, and I’m confident in our folks there and thought it was necessary to offset some of the things that the president and others were saying about Asian-Americans and making them a target. A target of violence across the country.”
Wallace then asked again if Pelosi thinks she was “adding to this perception that there wasn’t such a threat generally” by walking around “without any masks” and assuring Americans that “it’s perfectly safe.”
“No,” Pelosi said. “No, I was saying that you should not discriminate against – discriminate against Chinese-Americans, as some in our administration were doing, by the way, they were labeling the flu and that. No, indeed. And again, I think you – if you check the record, and it’s current, you will see that Chinatown has been a model in all of this.”
“And that’s what we’re saying, look to them for answers. Don’t look to them to place blame.”
Pelosi’s visit came three weeks after President Donald Trump’s administration announced a partial travel restriction on people entering America from China amid the growing threat of the novel coronavirus, according to Snopes.
“We want to be vigilant about what is out there in other places. We want to be careful about how we deal with it, but we do want to say to people ‘Come to Chinatown. Here we are, careful, safe and come join us,'” Pelosi said in a video Feb. 24. (RELATED: FLASHBACK Feb. 24: Pelosi Stands In San Francisco’s Chinatown And Urges People To Come Out)