Top Dems Split from Pelosi on Tax Cut Criticisms, 'Crumbs' Statement
Several top Democratic congressmen are distancing themselves from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over her harsh criticism of President Trump's tax cuts.
Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) pushed back on Pelosi's comment that bonuses paid to employees by various companies were mere "crumbs."
"The income inequality is so bad, that if you could pick up $1,000 or $900, maybe it helps," he said in comments reported by Axios.
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Other Democrats have shared Ellison's general thoughts. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, the chair of the Democrats' congressional campaign arm, said that "where I come from, anything makes a difference."
Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky said he would not use the term crumbs to describe such kickbacks to the American worker, a contention that was shared by Missouri Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver and self-described "Blue Dog" Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas.
House Democratic Conference Chairman Joe Crowley of New York added that he did not want to disparage any bump in "take home pay" his constituents might see.
At a town hall event on Tuesday, Pelosi was heckled by an attendee while criticizing the effect Trump's tax cuts will have on American families.
Pelosi was interrupted by a woman in the Phoenix, Arizona, audience who asked "how much are you worth, Nancy?"
"Are you in abject poverty?" the woman shouted at Pelosi, who is routinely listed among the wealthiest members of Congress.
Speaking in West Virginia a few weeks ago, President Trump called out Pelosi specifically for the "crumbs" comment, comparing it to Hillary Clinton's "deplorables" insult toward his supporters in 2016.
"People are getting 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 dollars. That's not crumbs. That's a lot of money," he said.