House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped her copy of President Trump’s State of the Union address in pieces after he finished delivering it to a joint session of Congress.
As President Trump concluded his 90-minute speech, the California Democrat tore up the pages of the president’s speech Tuesday evening.
Pelosi explained her decision to rip the speech, saying, “It was a courteous thing to do,” and later called it a “dirty speech.”
Earlier that evening, after President Trump made his way up to the podium, he appeared to ignore Nancy Pelosi’s offer of a handshake, leading her to smirk and shrug.
President Trump spoke before lawmakers for approximately 90 minutes, touting his accomplishments, including trade deals and criminal justice reform, and honoring conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“The best is yet to come,” said President Trump, who is seeking reelection this year.
The White House Twitter account didn’t wait long to respond to Pelosi’s statement, claiming her “legacy” will be centered on her ripping up a speech that mentioned “one of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen,” “the survival of a child born at 21 weeks,” “the mourning of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller,” and the reunification of a service member and his family.
President Trump’s third State of the Union address took place as his Senate impeachment trial winds down. A vote is scheduled for Wednesday in which Trump will likely be acquitted of two Ukraine-related charges. The President didn’t mention the impeachment during his speech.