The speaker slammed the President's State of the Union address and labeled it a "manifesto of mistruths."
It was Nancy Pelosi who stole the headlines after Trump's State of the Union address as she shredded Trump's fragile ego and a copy of his speech in front of Congress. As Trump concluded his speech, Nancy Pelosi, with not as much as a change in her facial expression, tore up copies of the President's speech, letting everyone know what she thought of it. The Republicans and the White House hit out at Pelosi over the dramatic act but she couldn't care less. Pelosi even held up the torn sheets in glee, waving it to her fellow Democrats.
Donald Trump appeared to snub Pelosi's offer for a handshake at the start of his speech but it was Pelosi who would have the last laugh. Reporters asked Pelosi about her actions, to which she responded, "It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative.” Pelosi labeled Trump's speech a "manifesto of mistruths," and added that it gave "no comfort to the 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions."
Nancy Pelosi ripping up Trump’s #classless, lie-filled #StateOfTheUnion pic.twitter.com/CCFQM975G9— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) February 5, 2020
White House's Twitter handle slammed Pelosi, claiming that she had disrespected the armed forces by tearing up a few pieces of paper. The White House was oddly quiet when Trump dismissed traumatic brain injuries as nothing more than "headaches." "No, I don’t consider them very serious injuries. I’ve seen people with no legs and no arms. I can consider them to be really bad injuries,” said Trump.
"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," said Pelosi, in a statement. Irrespective of what the White House or Republicans had to say, Pelosi sent Twitter into a meltdown and inspired a series of memes and reactions.
#NancyPelosi ‘s reaction when #trump is giving his speech! 🥴 pic.twitter.com/LnShgfWg4Q— Ali Maleki (@alimaleki91) February 5, 2020
You know, trumpists will say this doesn’t matter but this visual is a powerful one. https://t.co/AUsOf2TqHp— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 5, 2020
I would have shredded it. #justsaying— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) February 5, 2020
The next Super Bowl half time show should just be Nancy Pelosi ripping up Trump speeches— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) February 5, 2020
“Because it was a courteous thing to do considering the alternative. It was such a dirty speech.”— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) February 5, 2020
-- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when asked why she ripped up Trump's speech on national television
Hero. Queen. Legend.#SOTU
Donald Trump: *speaks*— Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi) February 5, 2020
Nancy Pelosi, behind him: #SOTU pic.twitter.com/ZVzrPnT5eA