(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) struggled for a moment during her press briefing today to find the word she wanted to use (it was “sobering”) to describe the massive death toll the United States has seen so far from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“About the lives of the American people: I talked about 10 percent unemployment as quoted by the chairman of the Fed, Chairman [Jerome] Powell,” Pelosi said.
“Another number that is just–,” she said, as she shook her head, closed he eyes and paused, then resumed. “So somber—uh, sobering—is 470,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus. 470,000.
Here is the transcript from the part of Pelosi’s press conference where she talks about the “sobering” death count from COVID-19:
“The women’s labor force participation rate is now just about 57 percent, the lowest level in 33 years. For women of color, the situation is even worse. Again, that is about the livelihood of the American people. About the lives of the American people: I talked about 10 percent unemployment as quoted by the chairman of the Fed, Chairman Powell. Another number that is just—so somber, uh, sobering–is 470,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus. 470,000. Again, this legislation that we’re passing now so addresses the needs of the American people when it comes to the coronavirus. It’s about the lives and the livelihood of the American people.”
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