House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up a copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech just as he finished delivering it on Tuesday night.
Pelosi, who as the head of the House of Representatives oversaw the lower chamber’s articles of impeachment against Trump several weeks ago, had a previous rift with the president on Tuesday night.
At the beginning of the speech, it appeared as if Trump rebuffed an offer by Pelosi for a handshake after he handed her a copy of his address.
After ripping up the speech, Pelosi placed the shredded copy into a pile on the dais next to her.
Pelosi said she ripped up the speech because it was “a courteous thing to do considering the alternatives,” according to Fox News.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on why she ripped up President Trump’s speech: “Because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.” pic.twitter.com/nYTjAZAwGo
— Jason Donner (@jason_donner) February 5, 2020
The House speaker’s moment punctuating the State of the Union obviously got some attention on social media.
— Ethan Grey (@_EthanGrey) February 5, 2020
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— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) February 5, 2020
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) February 5, 2020
— Lucifer Sam (@Big_Daddy1965) February 5, 2020
Other people didn’t appreciate Pelosi’s actions.
Nancy Pelosi shows total disrespect for the office of President. She is an embarrassment to the office of Speaker she holds. pic.twitter.com/CIudnpzP7D
— Jay Wallace (@Jaysview) February 5, 2020
Pelosi has disgraced herself, her office, and the House yet again. Her antics throughout the speech, and her drama thereafter, further expose her as a classless political hack.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) February 5, 2020
Trump steered relatively clear of impeachment in his speech.
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