(USA Features) Republicans on Thursday chided House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the California Democrat appeared on late-night television showing off high-priced ice cream in an expensive freezer, with millions of Americans out of work following coronavirus-related business closures.
The Republican National Committee noted that while Pelosi was showcasing her gourmet ice cream and $20,000-plus freezer, she also ignored the plight of thousands of small business owners as a loan program designed to help them sustain themselves as part of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief measure ran out of funds.
“The Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money this morning because Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, blocked the necessary $250 billion replenishment for the program that Congressional Republicans tried to deliver,” the Republican National Committee said in an email.
“Now ‘Nancy Antoinette’ has to explain to America why she chose to show off her luxury refrigerators and $13-dollar a pint ice cream collection from her chateau in San Francisco instead of funding the Paycheck Protection Program which has saved millions of jobs all across the country,” the email continued.
Pelosi appeared Tuesday night on “The Late, Late Show with James Corden” from her home in San Francisco. Pelosi is one of the wealthiest members of Congress.
During the interview, she spoke of the need for more COVID-19 testing and criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
Also, when Corden asked for a “show and tell” revelation, Pelosi highlighted a basket of expensive chocolates and her high-end Jeni ice cream collection.
Matt Whitlock, an official with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, tweeted, “This might be her ‘let them eat ice cream’ moment.”