House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at CNN host Wolf Blitzer and called him an “apologist” for “the Republican position” during a Tuesday interview that went off the rails quickly.

Blitzer pressed Pelosi on negotiations over a potential new stimulus deal in the wake of President Donald Trump seemingly reversing his position and backing an additional aid package. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have yet to come to terms on the framework for a new deal, and Blitzer displayed a tweet from Rep. Ro Khanna, a South Bay Democrat, who urged Pelosi to strike a deal with the Trump administration instead of waiting for a potential Biden victory in November.

“He said, ‘People in need can’t wait until February, $1.8 trillion is significant and more than twice the Obama stimulus. Make a deal, put the ball in McConnell court,'” Blitzer quoted. “So what do you say to Ro Khanna?”

“What I say to you is, I don’t know why you’re always an apologist,” Pelosi replied. “And many of your colleagues, apologists for the Republican position. Ro Khanna, that’s nice. That isn’t what we’re going to do and nobody’s waiting ’til February. I want this very much now.”

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After Pelosi stated that she wanted Republicans to agree to her $2.2 trillion proposal, Blitzer responded, “$1.8 trillion… why let the perfect be the enemy of the good?”

“Well, I will not let the wrong be the enemy of the right,” the House Speaker replied.

“What’s wrong with $1.8 trillion?” asked Blitzer.

“You know what, do you have any idea between the spending they have in their bill and we have in our bill?” she snapped. “Do you realize they have come back and said all things for child tax credits and earned income tax credits and helping people who have lost their jobs are eliminated in their bill?”

The two repeatedly talked over each other for a while before the conversation settled down.

The interview ended with Blitzer stating, “It’s not about me, it’s about millions of Americans who can’t put food on the table, who can’t pay rent,” to which Pelosi interjected, “And we represent them” four separate times as Blitzer continued to talk.

Clips of the interview were widely shared on social media, and CNN political analyst Chris Cilizza did a full write-up of the spat titled, “Nancy Pelosi’s ridiculously over-the-top response to questions about the coronavirus stimulus.”

“If you are the Speaker of the House and agree to an interview in the midst of a contentious debate over a coronavirus stimulus package three weeks before a presidential election, you can’t act surprised — or outraged — when you get asked about the coronavirus stimulus package and whether or not you’ve spoken to the President of the United States about it,” Cilizza wrote. “Those are not Republican apologist questions. They are fair ones. And ones that Pelosi should have been prepared to answer rather than snark at Blitzer and act as though he was doing something untoward.”

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