When a reporter suggested that the Republican tax plan is “not the end of the world,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vehemently disagreed.
On Monday, a reporter noted that Democrats had used a lot of “apocalyptic rhetoric,” and gave Pelosi the chance to tone down her characterization of tax reform:
"Isn't really what's going on is that many people are getting a very modest tax cut, and some people are getting a tax increase, while a lot of this is also going to business, but it's not the end of the world?"
But, Pelosi merely doubled down on the end-of-the-world claim – adding that tax reform is “Armageddon” and “like death”:
“No, it is the end of the world. The debate on health care is like death. This is Armageddon.
“This is a very big deal. Because you know why? There's really a very hard way to come back from this. They take us further, more deeply into debt. What can you do but raise taxes?
“They contend that their gift to corporate America -- a trillion and a half dollars -- will be paid for by the growth it creates. And even their own people say, 'Nonsense, not true, not true.' So let's be truthful with the American people about that. They throw a few crumbs to the middle class, what they give with one hand they take away a bounty from another.”
Pelosi, later, contradicted herself, declaring that America’s greatness and Divine Intervention may prevent the world’s end:
“The only reason it isn't the end of the world is because America is a great country. And the greatness of America, and the fact that God is always with us, is what gives us hope.”