Just as Americans breathed a sigh of relief with Congress sending cash their way, Trump slapped down the coronavirus relief bill. Preoccupied with facilitating the president’s effort to overturn the election, Republicans forgot some of the bear’s other skills.
By David Stone
In a video posted on Facebook, Trump called $600 checks to Americans a “disgrace” and demanded an increase to $2,000. With the president now a raging liberal free-spender, Democrats rallied behind him.
Because Trump’s video slapping down the coronavirus relief bill lit up with election fraud claims, Twitter marked it “disputed.” But a predictably compliant Facebook proved more accepting.
“It’s called the Covid relief bill, but it has almost nothing to do with Covid,” Mr. Trump complained. “Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests…”
But sending Americans only 600 bucks set his hair on fire.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi was onboard right away. “Let’s do it!” she said.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer wasn’t far behind.
“…we’re glad to pass more aid Americans need. Maybe Trump can finally make himself useful and get Republicans not to block it again.”
Trump slaps down the relief bill… Now, what?
After Congress settled back with hearty dinners and, for Sen. Joe Manchin, some moonshine, Trump flipped over the table. And the unsigned measure went flying with it.
But with Trump ever erratic, there’s no telling what happens from here. Congress may amend the coronavirus relief bill, suiting the president, for example. Or, they may refuse because the total spend is far beyond what many Republicans can stomach.
“One trillion dollars” are dirty words in the Republican lexicon, but there’s also a crucial election in Georgia in the mix.
It’s generally accepted that Senate Republicans edged closer to Democrat demands because it helped candidates in the January 5th Georgia runoff.
Now, with Trump slapping down the relief bill, all calculations are off.
The bear’s out of the cave, and while Republicans stagger, Democrats are giving him raw meat.
Stay tuned on this baby.