House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Monday defended her previous comments that workers' $1,000 bonuses and wage increases are "crumbs."
Earlier this month, Pelosi slammed the recently passed Republican tax reform legislation, calling the wage increases and bonuses that were attributed to the legislation "crumbs" and "so pathetic." She would go on to repeat this comment last week at a Florida Atlantic University town hall.
"There's a cartoon that I just love," Pelosi said, adding on to comments from another panel member. "There's a little mousetrap who's got a little piece of cheese on there, and there's a mouse about to take it and that's called the middle class … And around it are fat cats," which represent big businesses.
Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty said that Republicans would be taking advantage of her "crumbs" comment in the fall during the midterm elections and asked whether she intentionally used the word "goodies" earlier instead of "crumbs."
"Either one. Because it's not a question of $1,000, it's a question of the billions of dollars, the banquet that they have put for the top one percent," Pelosi said. "Now I don't begrudge anybody their success, their wealth, their achievement. God bless you for that."