Trump Snubbed Pelosi Handshake, Then Pelosi Tore Up His State of the Union Speech

Tensions flared between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

The night began with Trump appearing to snub a handshake from Pelosi, though it’s possible he didn’t see it.

The night ended when Pelosi tore her copy of Trump’s speech to pieces.

Republicans complain:

"You can tear up the speech, but you can't tear up the accomplishments," Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Pelosi “petty.”

"Ripping up a piece of paper doesn't change the facts that were written on it—Americans are winning, in spite of the do-nothing Democrats," he said.

"Nancy Pelosi disgraced herself, her title, the US Congress, and our great country with this disgusting response at the end of the President’s State of the Union address tonight.," Rep. Lee Zeldin said. "She should be stripped of her gavel by the American public this November."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for Pelosi to be censured.

"As Speaker of the House for four State of the Unions by a President of the other party I am disgusted and insulted by the viciously partisan action of Nancy Pelosi tearing up the speech," Gingrich said. "She isn’t clever or cute."

Pelosi: It was the most polite thing I could have done

"It was a manifesto of mistruths,” Pelosi told reporters.

Asked why she ripped the speech, Pelosi replied, “it was the courteous thing to do, considering the alternative. It was such a dirty speech.”

Indeed, an Associated Press fact-check showed that Trump lied repeatedly about immigration, the economy, drug prices, and healthcare during his 80-minute speech.


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