Nancy Pelosi Ripped Up Donald Trump's State of the Union Speech

Henrietta Strickland
February 6, 2020

She put her hand to her heart, dipped her head and gave a little bow.

A bitter feud between U.S. President Donald Trump and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi boiled over at his State of the Union speech on February 4, with Trump denying her a handshake and Pelosi ripping apart a copy of his remarks behind his back.

Donald Trump has been acquitted in his Senate trial on both of the articles of impeachment he faced, ending the threat that he would be removed from office and concluding the impeachment process. Now, she's leading House Democrats out of impeachment's shadow, through regular legislative business and toward Election Day in November.

Heather Caygle, one of the Politico journalists who reported on the meeting, tweeted that Pelosi claimed she had not planned the defiant act.

The annual State of the Union address has always been an exercise in delusion and fraud, but Trump's remarks yesterday brought this ritualistic exercise to new lows. In private, she questioned the president's manhood. Republicans condemned the act as petty, while Jody Jones, a SOTU guest whose brother was murdered by an illegal immigrant in 2018, said it "felt like she ripped our hearts out".

"This was truly one of the very best", Cheney said. Apparently she wanted to make sure that when the cameras were on her that the papers ripped like she wanted them to.

Trump said he'd sign health-care legislation if only the Congress would get it on his desk. From Charles McGee, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen who was recently made a Brigadier General; to Amy Williams and her two children who have not seen their father Sgt. "My friends, we just have to declare it".

The stunning rebuke from Pelosi came after Trump appeared to snub the House speaker when she attempted to shake his hand before his speech.

"In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American Decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America's destiny", Trump said. Several Democratic lawmakers refused to attend the annual speech to protest Trump, such as liberal firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who sat behind Trump, was quick to disassociate the Democrats from this position by mouthing the words "not true".

We want to hear from you. She looked surprised and bemused for a moment afterward.

Trump also revived his polarizing arguments that migrants should be stopped from crossing the southern US border and that so-called "sanctuary cities" where migrants are protected are wrong.

In fact, Pelosi has been freer with her thoughts on Trump and the Republicans for awhile.

In his speech, Romney described himself as "profoundly religious" and noted that all senators had been asked to take an oath of impartiality before the impeachment trial.

"This is not an exoneration of Donald Trump", said Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

"He shredded the truth, so I shredded his speech", Pelosi reportedly said.

Then she took aim at Trump's July 25 phone call that forms the cornerstone of his impeachment case.

What started as Trump's request for Ukraine to "do us a favour" spun into a far-reaching, 28,000-page report compiled by House investigators accusing an American president of engaging in shadow diplomacy that threatened USA foreign relations for personal, political gain as he pressured the ally to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of the next election. Pelosi likened Trump's style to that of the mobsters in "The Irishman" movie. The impeachment trial in the Republican-led Senate began in January.

A majority of senators expressed unease with Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment. The House has passed a drug-pricing bill that is being ignored.

"We also know that there is no challenge too great for America. I think it's very important for Republicans to embrace this space of environmental security", Fortenberry added.

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