Following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visibly tore his speech while the eyes of the nation watched on national television.
“Speaker Pelosi just ripped up: One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen. The survival of a child born at 21 weeks. The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller. A service member’s reunion with his family. That’s her legacy,” the White House tweeted Tuesday night.
Just minutes after the president’s speech, #Pelosi, #Nancy Pelosi, #Speaker Pelosi, #Nancy, and #Classless became top trending hashtags among #SOTU and #SOTU2020. Americans across the country took to Twitter to express their opinions.
“How petty of Pelosi,” House of Representatives Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tweeted Tuesday night. “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.
“Tonight President Trump highlighted his record of #Results for our country in his #SOTU. He invited amazing guests with extraordinary personal stories that capture the American Dream,” Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., tweeted. “Meanwhile Petty Pelosi tears up the speech. How classless.”
Others celebrated Pelosi’s action:
In a statement Tuesday, Pelosi said, “The manifesto of mistruths presented in page after page of the address tonight should be a call to action for everyone who expects truth from the president and policies worthy of his office and the American people.
“The American people expect and deserve a president to have integrity and respect for the aspirations for their children,” added the California Democrat.
Pelosi also reportedly told Fox News she ripped the speech pages “because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.”