House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is cutting through all of the Republican party’s bullsh*t to get to the bottom of why the GOP is holding out on Zika virus funding, which it tied to restrictions on Planned Parenthood clinics and contraception. On Thursday, Pelosi put it to lawmakers in a way this issue had never been put before: by wondering aloud just how many GOP families actually don’t use contraception.
Addressing her Republican colleagues at a press briefing, she made sure they knew how important funding for Zika is as it can cause birth defects in babies of women who have the virus and become pregnant. While she was at it, Pelosi also called them out for being giant hypocrites in their never-ending crusade against contraception. Pelosi said:
“Zika … can be sexually transmitted. … And yet, they’re saying, ‘Well, if we have any funding for Zika it cannot include contraception.’ I wonder how many of their homes, I just wonder––I wonder this a lot––how many of the families of our Republican colleagues are not practicing birth control? How come they don’t have many more children? How come they don’t have 5 children in 6 years the way I did? What is it with them that they don’t understand?”
You can watch this truly brilliant moment below, and when you do – make sure to keep an eye on Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who is standing right behind her. The expression that spreads across DeLauro’s face when Pelosi makes her argument is PRICELESS:
“Sexually transmitted disease, you use contraception. You know, I grant them their position on many issues — we have a different philosophy — but come on. Come back; do the job.”
“We’re pleased that the Obama administration is finally activating funds it has to combat Zika. But it’s a shame that it’s come after months of shameless political posturing. Democrats in the administration and Congress have shown over and over again that they’d rather mischaracterize history to demonize Republicans instead of swiftly address a public health crisis. That’s a new low.”
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