No One’s Actually Angry About Ice Cream.

A response to Nancy Pelosi’s show and tell segment on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

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Photo via Nancy Pelosi on Instagram

Whether it’s the spread of the segment on social media or you happened to see it live on The Late Late Show With James Corden, many have already seen the now infamous video of Nancy Pelosi showing off her gourmet ice cream collection in her two over ten thousand dollar freezers. The video was met with immediate push back and President Trump’s campaign team was quick to incorporate it in to a devastating ad for his re-election efforts. Still, Nancy Pelosi has her defenders. Vox writer Matthew Yglesias tweeted in response to the backlash: “Are people pretending to be mad at Nancy Pelosi for liking ice cream?” Clarence Page from the Chicago Tribune also weighed in in her defense, and wrote:

Democrats also won $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for COVID-19 testing, which may well be the most needed, yet most poorly funded or supplied, aspect of the pandemic fight. Along with funds for testing, the bill mandates the Trump administration to build a strategy to help states step up the deployment of tests throughout the country.

The measure doesn’t cover all ills, by any means, but Pelosi and her party won a lot more than ice cream. Political trolling and other election year shenanigans are inevitable in our democracy. But taking our frustrations out on Pelosi’s ice cream? That’s a fridge too far.

Of course, the anger this segment generated was never about the ice cream, but about the optics and the desperation that millions of Americans are facing throughout the country.

Unsurprisingly, one need only to look at the comment section on the youtube clip from the show’s official channel to see a glimpse of the sentiment this segment produced. Sue Bee writes: People are wondering how they are going to feed their children and she’s showing off her fancy ice cream stash????? God help us. Dustin Forbes also shared his thoughts, and said: Jesus Christ, this woman is flaunting her giant ice cream supply, while Americans are waiting hours in food lines praying they get back to work. Jay Dee added: Wow, how disconnected can a politician get…talking about how she’s getting through this eating gourmet ice cream out of a $24,000.00 freezer….couldn’t make this shit up if you tried.

During the midst of an economic crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression, the very last thing Americans want to see is the flaunting of the riches their supposed “public servants” are enjoying in their mansions. Nancy Pelosi determined the devastating circumstances facing Americans all across the country was not an emergency warranting congress be called back in to session before May 4th. I work in a nursing home that just got its first case of Covid-19, and the employees in the closest proximity to these residents putting their health and safety on the line make around 11 or 12 dollars an hour. To say many of us feel abandoned and angry is putting it mildly, and I’m certainly not interested in seeing all the comforts the Speaker of the House is enjoying at home at a time when Americans are pleading with landlords to be able to hold off on another rent payment.

All of that aside, it simply doesn’t look good.

This is about the visualization of everything the American people despise about our Government, not ice cream. Why would a supposedly beloved “leader of the resistance” think it’s a wise decision to show off her freezers full of ice cream when hundreds of thousands if not millions of people don’t know where their next meal is going to come from? Not only is it out of touch at best, it’s purely bad politics. It would be comforting to think that democratic leadership would have the political foresight to see that something like this would be used against them by their opposition, and evidently they don’t. But leave it to Nancy Pelosi to think she’s just being relatable.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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