Last updated on February 5, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped her up a replica of Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, at a pointed political gesture following listening tight-lipped into the president adjusting his accomplishments to Congress.
The pressure between Trump and his Democratic nemesis was real from the beginning, as Pelosi extended her hand for a handshake — and also the president didn’t return the favor.
Seated in quiet behind the president at the House of Representatives, Pelosi frowned, repeatedly shook his head and smiled disbelievingly till he stopped speaking and Republicans erupted in applause — at which point she climbed and quite clearly tore up the newspapers before her.
Asked after with a reporter to provide a reason behind her gesturePelosi responded: “Since it was the considerate thing to do, considering the choices.”
And in a follow-up tweet, the 79-year-old Pelosi said Democrats would”never quit stretching the hand of friendship to find the work finished.”
Pelosi’s gesture restricted a night in which the nation’s bitter political split was on full screen, as Trump’s speech earned a successful reception from the Republican half Congress — but sullen silence, boos and jeers from the Democrats present.
Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the Senate, stated that the address was”similar to a Trump rally compared to a language a genuine leader could give”.
“It had been demagogic, undignified, highly partisan and at too many areas, untruthful,” he explained.
The White House was quick to strike back in Pelosi, stating she’d insulted the Americans honored in Trump’s address, by a veteran airman into a premature infant or a mourning military family.
“That is her legacy,” it stated.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham climbed down, tweeting: “Tearing up the speech isn’t likely to split up the achievements of the President.”
His fellow Republican Senator Marco Rubio stated Pelosi had”humiliated herself” by dividing the address.