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As the global pandemic wears on and the death toll in the United States continues to rise, people are looking to Washington for relief.

While Senate Republicans—under the direction of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham of South Carolina—focused on different priorities than aid for struggling voters, the rest of Congress appears focused on another round of stimulus payments to help Americans pay their bills.

But the Trump administration and Democrats—lead by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)—cannot seem to come to an agreement. Some in the GOP claimed the price tag for the Democrat's proposal was too high.

But President Donald Trump shot that claim down when he said he was willing to go above the amount of the GOP's counter offer.

So what's the hold up?

In a Thursday phone-in appearance on Fox Business Network, the President revealed the real reason behind the impasse.

The POTUS told host Stuart Varney:

"[Pelosi] wants to bail out badly run Democrat states and cities."
"She wants money for things you could—your pride couldn't let it happen."

Citing his pride and deliberately blocking aid because "Democrat states and cities" might also benefit didn't sit well with people online.

Others cited the President's inability to discuss tangible plans or policy.

As of Thursday, October 15, the 2020 election is 18 days away. Whether the White House will recognize citizens registered as Democrats as part of their constituency before then remains to be seen.