House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of President Trump’s State of the Union address after he finished delivering it to a joint session of Congress.
As the president concluded his nearly 90-minute speech, the California Democrat tore up the pages of Trump’s speech Tuesday evening.
Pelosi explained her decision to rip the speech up, saying, “It was a courteous thing to do,” and later called it a “dirty speech.”
Earlier in the evening, after Trump made his way up to the podium, the president appeared to ignore Pelosi’s offer of a handshake, leading her to smirk and shrug.
The president spoke before lawmakers for approximately 90 minutes, touting his accomplishments, including trade deals and criminal justice reform, and honoring conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. “The best is yet to come,” said the president, who is seeking reelection this year.
The White House Twitter account quickly responded to Pelosi’s statement, claiming her “legacy” will be centered on her ripping up a speech that mentioned “one of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen,” “the survival of a child born at 21 weeks,” “the mourning of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller,” and the reunification of a service member and his family.
Speaker Pelosi just ripped up:
One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen.
The survival of a child born at 21 weeks.
The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller.
A service member's reunion with his family.
That's her legacy.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 5, 2020
Trump’s third State of the Union address took place as his Senate impeachment trial winds down. A vote is scheduled for Wednesday in which the president will likely be acquitted of two Ukraine-related charges. Trump did not mention impeachment once during his speech.
Author: Mike Brest
Source: Washington Examiner: WATCH: Pelosi rips up Trump’s State of the Union address manuscript