Fox News presenter Sandra Smith confronted Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Wednesday on whether or not she supports President Donald Trump’s demand for $ 2,000 stimulus checks, asking if the stimulus Senator Trump is trying to ignore the question and not to commit to it. “
Before the President potentially detonated the COVID-19 relief bill at the last minute by threatening a veto because the proposed $ 600 checks were “ridiculously low,” Blackburn was one of six Republican senators to vote no on legislation. The Tennessee lawmaker complained at the time that the long-awaited relief program, combined with the omnibus spending bill, was “bloated” and “used a pandemic to promote a socialist agenda.”
Appearing on American press room On Wednesday, Blackburn doubled down on her opposition to the bill, calling it a “redistribution of wealth” while noting that she “fought against these direct cash payments” to individuals because it is a “path that we don’t want to borrow. . “
Smith, meanwhile, asked Blackburn to explain why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the bill and White House negotiators failed to end the package. if there was so much opposition.
“There is a lot of good in the bill and it’s a negotiation,” Blackburn shrugged. “For me, the bill goes way too far to the left and embraces too many socialist-type ideas that I don’t like and don’t defend.
Fox’s anchor would eventually return to the president’s demand that Congress increase the amount of stimulus checks, urging Blackburn to reveal whether she supports such a move. Democrats in the House and Senate openly adopted the president’s unexpected proposal, urging Trump to convince McConnell and Senate Republicans to make it a reality.
“Do you support the payments of $ 2,000 proposed by the president?” Smith wondered aloud.
“What we must do is bring people back to work, children to school, guarantees of responsibility for companies because the best economic stimulus there is, is a job”, deflected the senator. , visibly refusing to answer the question.
“Do you support the president’s proposed payments of $ 2,000 to Americans?” [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi said she was all for it, ”the Fox anchor pushed back.
Blackburn took this as an opportunity to complain about Pelosi, saying the speaker “will always be for giving more money and redistributing the wealth” before insisting that she personally wishes “to provide targeted aid to the people. people”. Smith, meanwhile, called her over her non-response.
“We have to talk about numbers,” said the moderator. “The number has to go there.” You do not answer the question or do not want to engage?
The right-wing lawmaker continued to criticize, insisting she wants to “make sure” that “we adopt policies that create the environment for the American people to return to work.”
Smith ended the interview by trying one last time to get Blackburn to answer the simple question of whether she supports Trump’s proposal.
“The president put a number there. Do you want? ”Smith asked.
“What I’m prepared to do is targeted relief,” Blackburn replied, deploying his standard talking point. “This is where I have been since day one. Help those who need it. “