Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Pelosi's 'five white guys' joke not well received by peer

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. took a shot at immigration negotiations involving her top deputy Minority Whip Steny Hoyer slamming them as β€œthe five white guys.” Big companies are hiking up wages. The tax bill probably isn't to thank.
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 07:08

Minority leader Nancy Pelosi's "Five Guys" joke about immigration reform was not to the taste of one of her Democratic colleagues.

(Washington Freebeacon) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Thursday continued to slam the recently passed Republican tax reform bill, calling the wage increases and bonuses "crumbs" during her weekly press briefing. Pelosi said, presumably making a reference in an attempt at humor to the Virginia-based burger chain Five Guys.

I'll bet a lot of the people receiving the bonuses don't think so, though we do have to sympathize with Pelosi, since she lives in a San Francisco neighborhood (when she isn't up at her fancy Napa Valley vineyard and luxury resort) where $1,000 isn't very much. "I am committed to ensuring DREAMers are protected and I will welcome anyone to the table who wants to get this done", Hoyer said in a statement to Politico.

"That comment is offensive".

A bipartisan group of senators, including Durbin and Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, announced Thursday that they had reached an "agreement in principal" on a solution, though the details of the plan are unknown. "It's not a question of who's there, but who's not there", Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told CBS News.

"You've got to remember that more than half of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, so when they get something like a $1,000 bonus at Christmastime because of this tax law, it's hardly crumbs", he added. "They've been working on it in a bipartisan way for a long time", she said.

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, derided the comment on Twitter, along with others in the GOP.