Father of Parkland victim ejected from State of the Union

Marco Green
February 5, 2020

President Trump brushed off a handshake offer by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the start of his State of the Union address on Tuesday, a video shows. He then handed copies of his speech to Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence, who was seated next to the speaker and behind the president. Trump, however, turned his back and faced the auditorium instead, leading Pelosi to shrug her shoulders. In one swift move, she rips his speech completely in half and sets it down on her desk.

When asked why she ripped the paper she reportedly told reporters it was "a courteous thing to do considering the alternative". Eschewing the usual language, in which the House speaker says, "Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States", Pelosi simply introduced Trump by saying: "Members of Congress, the President of the United States".

Fred Guttenberg, a gun control activist and father of Parkland shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, was "ejected" from the State of the Union speech after screaming at President Trump.

Pelosi confirmed to CNN earlier Tuesday that she hasn't spoken to the President since the infamous White House Syria meeting in October, following which the White House released a picture of her standing up and pointing at him, which she immediately owned and placed prominently on her Twitter page. She also donned what some called her "power pin" on the left lapel of her blazer.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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