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7 Reactions to Pelosi Ripping Up Trump's Speech

From 'effective' to 'a disgrace'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2020 12:32 PM CST
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump's s State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – There's no arguing that Nancy Pelosi's dramatic tearing of President Trump's State of the Union speech grabbed attention, headlines, and TV time. But that's just about where the agreement ends: The ripping is sparking divisive opinions. We cover a few of those:

  • Trump himself: Talking Points Memo notes the president went on a Twitter spree, retweeting many of those who were slamming Pelosi, including one tweet noting that #PelosiTantrum was trending and another from someone in the UK calling Pelosi "a disgrace" and pointing out that in the UK, the speaker "is supposed to be impartial and neutral." Among his nearly two dozen retweets was a retweet of this White House post saying Pelosi's "legacy" will be her ripping up of all the touching moments from Trump's speech, including "one of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen" and "a service member's reunion with his family."
  • And his VP: Per Fox News, immediately after Trump finished his SOTU address, Mike Pence called the Pelosi moment "a new low." On Fox & Friends Wednesday morning, he noted, "The contrast here was a president who spent an hour-and-a-half making the speech about America and Nancy Pelosi in the final moments tried to make it about her."

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