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WATCH: Pelosi Rips Trump Speech, Right There On the Podium



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By Laurie Kellman And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Press

And then she tore up the speech.

No sooner had President Donald Trump finished his State of the Union address than House Speaker Pelosi ripped the paper it was printed on in two.

Right there, on camera, behind Trump’s back. As he stepped down, she ripped again. Then a third time. And a fourth. If Trump knew about the American carnage going on behind him, he didn’t react as he left. But Pelosi was on her turf, with a deep understanding of her audience — and she wasn’t finished. In case any confusion remained, Pelosi she held up what remained of the address to her family in the gallery, in full view of reporters.

“It was the courteous thing to do,” Pelosi told reporters afterward, “considering the alternative.”

Republicans dismissed her display as a “temper tantrum,” in the words of Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.

“This speech was about American heroes and American workers. She decided THAT was worth literally tearing apart,” tweeted Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the Republican vote-counter.

Tearing the speech gave Pelosi the last visual word over Trump, who had spoken to the House from a position of strength. He arrived in the chamber with the full force of the Republican Party behind him. She is leading a party in the throes of a divisive presidential nomination fight that had botched the kickoff Iowa caucuses only the night before. The House had impeached Trump on her watch. But the Senate was poised to acquit him.

From the start, the event was awkward because the history between those two was so icy. They had not spoken since October, when Pelosi pointed at Trump over a White House conference table, suggested that Russia controls him and walked out.

Now, Trump was returning to the very chamber where he was impeached, standing before the same Democrats who have called him unfit for office and sought to oust him. He stepped to the podium and handed navy blue folders containing his speech to Pelosi and Vice-President Mike Pence.

She extended a hand. Trump did not acknowledge it, instead turning around to begin his speech.

Pelosi, famous for casting shade, especially on Trump, gave a look.

For 78 minutes, Trump went on to extol a “Great American Comeback” on his watch, just three years after he took office decrying a land of “American carnage” under his predecessor. He bestowed the Medal of Honor on Rush Limbaugh to raucous applause and a glum reception from House Democrats.

“My fellow Americans, the best is yet to come,” he finished. Pelosi had already gathered the papers — and then she tore them up.

The moment was a less joyful echo of last year’s State of the Union, when Pelosi stole the show with a smirk-and-clap, eye to eye with Trump. Then, Democrats were triumphant after election gains that flipped the House from Republican control and put Pelosi back in the speaker’s chair.

That night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrived on the scene wearing a white caped pantsuit and sat prominently at the centre of the Democratic section. Tuesday night, on the eve of Trump’s acquittal, the congresswoman skipped the speech altogether.

“After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump’s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a few hours before the speech. “None of this is normal, and I will not legitimize it.”


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  • James Lynch says:

    Nancy and her constituents are an embarrassment to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA !!!!!

    • Carole Ann Turo says:

      Pelosi is a disrespectful disgrace with NO class!By tearing up his speech on tv she not only showed her hatered for our President but for the United States of America!!!

      • Michael says:

        Nancy should be impeached then arrested. It is a felony destroying original government documents. She is an ignorant drunk. She can’t even finish a sentence.

  • Dan says:

    Nasty nancy and her “squad” act just like a bunch of spoiled entitled brats that didn’t get their way then they get dissed by the President. Now comes the pouting and whining.

    • Elena Chacho says:

      YOU are COREECT!!
      While I was watching all I could was that she was a SPOILED 2 yar old having a tantrum. Then shaking her head no thru the entire speech.
      It was totally disgusting behavior!!!
      Really she needs to grow up and be removed from office.

      • John says:

        She really needs to be removed, she’s a treasonous disrespectful ignorant old brain dead piece of shit that has no respect and no place in the government of these United States of America .

  • Stanley Kucharski says:

    Wait is what old Nancy Pelosi did a impeachable act she embarrassed the Congress and her petty party.

    • Sandra Lee Smith says:

      What she did there might bolster the cause for her impeachment, but doesn’t suffice on its own to enact impeachment on. However, if it can be demonstrated SHE helped put her son in Ukraine’s energy business (as Biden did his) and money laundering scheme, while in office, that would indeed be impeachable, as “high crimes”!

    • vietvet says:

      What she did is an crime under 18 U.S.C. §2071 (Concealment, removal, or mutilation of documents)

  • Nanna says:

    Hatred is such a terrible thing. To have yourlife filled with that makes me feel sorry for her and the Democrat party.

  • Robert Soderquist says:

    She made a fool of herself and the Democrats by her actions. I’m a shame of congress By not standing and acting childish in front on the whole USA. I pity these congressmen and women.

  • Dan says:

    She’s not the Queen, she’s not above the law, and she’s not more powerful than the President. She’s an embarrassment to the nation. Everything the Democrats have accused President Trump of doing are truly guilty. It was a childish display showing how politically divided this country has become since the 2016 election. You see the democrats spent alot of money to cheat and steal that election and they still lost. The swamp will never forget, but as they become more desparate for power they’ve become very sloppy. To think that their best and brightest is Nancy, Chuck, Adam and Gerry, I can see why the party is being hijacked by the squad. Oh and bye the way did anyone miss AOC last night when she didn’t show up for the SOTU address?

  • Bob says:

    People – GET TO THE VOTING POLES. When I say PEOPLE, I am referring to the people of the United States of America, which the Democrat/Socialist party is NOT.

    So, if you are conservative, republican or old-democrat who is tired of this Left-Wing NONSENSE.

    GO VOTE for President Donald Trump and republican/ conservative for ALL other Public Sector positions throughout the country!!!!

  • Donald Cook says:

    I just wish that all of you so called Democrats, would look in the mirror and ask yourself if this is what you stand for in America. If so, you are a Disgrace to yourself and America. My concern is how do you live with in a country that you HATE so much?

    • Sandra Lee Smith says:

      The “how”is by diligently endeavoring to destroy said country; the question I ask is WHY? o on is holding them here and there are plenty of other nations that already are what they seem to want America turned into; why not just move there, and leave America to us “bitter clinging deplorables”? Why not let us “destroy” it our way while they enjoy the fruits of the globalist socialism they like? elsewhere?

  • MAGABASS says:

    Pelosi should never be allowed to sit in that seat again! The American voters can make that a reality this November. In the meantime I would like to know if that HAG can be censored by the Senate for her despicable actions?

    • TheSouthernNationalist says:

      I’m hoping the people in her district will vote her out ASAP!

      • Matt Bear says:

        I live near her district (not IN it, thank God!) and her constituents will NEVER vote her out of office, although some of them think she’s a little too conservative, believe it or not! She could get caught having sex with farm animal and the Dems would just say she’s an animal lover…

  • TheSouthernNationalist says:

    Trump should have handed Nancy a blank copy of the speech, now that would have been priceless!

  • Jay says:

    Pelosi is a disgrace to every American, our military, our children , our war heros, our school systems, and anyone else watching the SOTU!
    And by tearing up the copy of the Presidemt’s speech , she broke the law!! According to 18 U.S.C 2071(b) specifically directed at custodians
    of public record, ” any custodian of a public record who willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes,mutilates,obliterates, falsifies or destroys (any record) shall be fined not more than $2000.00 or imprisoned not more than three years or both and shall forfeit his office and be
    disqualified from holding any office under the United States”. Etc etc. you can see the full law online for verification!
    Apparently nasty Nancy Pelosi does not know the law! What an absolute abomination she is as house speaker.
    Hopefully the law will give her just punishment! What a horrible display of hate she performed in the US House of Representatives!
    Seriously, she needs mental health care asap! Every democrat should be appalled! As a conservative, I find her behavior psychotic
    and treasonous! The democrats have certainly reached rock bottom and there is no return for them at this point.
    Trump,2020 in a landslide! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Spike says:

    What lawless act?. The oppositions uses phrases like that with no instances to back up their “accusations”! I honestly think that Miss Nancy has aging problems mentally – and her behavior throughout topped by standing behind the president she pulled the most overtly middle school student sort of behavior I can imagine. The likes of AOC was made a celebrity for being a “very young” and attractive loud mouth and not because she knows much about anything by the main stream media, but Nancy would know that her behavior was totally inappropriate if her mind was working correctly. It’s hard not to be disgusted with her, but I think she has been slipping away for awhile and that wouldn’t be her fault. Her party needs to take steps that allows her to step away without abasing her!!

  • Aprilis says:

    The Democrats are melting and falling apart. As Ronald Reagon fameously said, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party, it left me.” And so it continues. But worst of all, it left GOD and that is its worst choice and greatest mark of its downfall. Nancy’s actions only underline the pettiness that defines so much of American politics and est. the Democratic Party.

  • SBL says:

    Nancy Pelosi and her “crew” are a disgrace to our country and a public embarrassment to every citizen of this nation! They should be dismissed with no possible re-election for taking taxpayers money that is destroying the unity of the USA. She is mentally unstable and politically un-Amercan. I hold that opinion until proven wrong.

  • Gerri says:

    What a disgrace not only to America but to all human beings. Nancy claims to be a Christian? I don’t think so. Her disrespect to our President and our Country does not reflect the Love Of God which she has claimed to have on a few occasions. Nancy go back to the trash pile you and you so called constituents created. You have no right to be in politics.

  • T says:

    Pelosi the Puppet person should be held accountable for destroying Government property and being disrupted during President Trump’s speech. That is a person that should slow down on the medication she is on. I think if you painted a face on 2 white socks and put them on her hands that all 3 of them could have a serious conversation between the 3.

  • David Marks says:

    The ugly, self-serving symbolism of tearing up printed copies of President Trump’s State Of The Union speech, from a few feet behind his back, while he delivers his address, tells me all I need to know about a phones Congressional hag, who pretends to have America’s unity and best interests at heart.

  • Gary says:

    I feel bad for all the Roman Catholics around the world with Nancy’s display of her faith. She even supports killing babies, and yet claims to be a person of Faith! She is so miserable with her hate for the American people, both born and unborn. You really are in my prayers Nancy, but please stop telling everyone your a Catholic. Your only hurting the Church. You aren’t a example of a Christian. Your an example of why people don’t want to come to Church.

  • Damon Gregory says:

    I think that got Trump a few more votes in 2020, I for one Democrat will be voting for Trump, I am ashamed of what the Democrat party stands for, Why can’t they be like the Democrat was back in the 50’s and 60’s.

    • ROY L ENGLAND says:


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