House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech in half at the conclusion of his address Tuesday night. While many in the House gallery applauded the president for his remarks, the cameras caught Pelosi standing behind him ripping the manuscript in two.
As she did during Trump 2019 State of the Union speech, Pelosi spent much of his 2020 remarks distracting herself and viewers by thumbing through the manuscript while he addressed the nation. Pelosi’s tearing of the document came after Trump apparently snubbed her handshake attempt before the address commenced.
NBC News reporter Frank Thorp tweeted that after Pelosi was asked why she tore up the speech, she replied, “Because it was the courteous thing to do. … It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative.”
Q: Why did you tear up the speech?
PELOSI: “Because it was the courteous thing to do.”
PELOSI: “It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative.”
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) February 5, 2020
The president’s address covered a range of significant topics important to both Democrats and Republicans, including laud for successful bipartisan efforts. Highlights included Trump’s recognition of a 100-year-old Tuskegee Airman, a mother and her 2-year-old daughter who had been born prematurely, parents of Kayla Mueller who was killed at the hands of terrorist al-Baghdadi, and remarks on major issues including health care, immigration, school choice, and improved minority employment rates.
Trump’s cinched his address with words of hope for the nation, saying:
We are Americans. We are the pioneers. We are the pathfinders. We settled the new world, we built the modern world, and we changed history forever by embracing the eternal truth that everyone is made equal by the hand of Almighty God. America is the place where anything can happen! America is the place where anyone can rise. And here, on this land, on this soil, on this continent, the most incredible dreams come true!
Trump continued, “Our spirit is still young; the sun is still rising; God’s grace is still shining; and my fellow Americans, the best is yet to come,” concluding, “Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless America.”
Beyond her so-called courteous considerations, perhaps Trump’s clincher offers another explanation for Pelosi’s manuscript tear. Senators are expected to hold the final vote for the impeachment of the president Wednesday, a vote that is bound to result in Trump’s acquittal.
After three years of collusion hoaxes and conspiracies, months of the left’s impeachment circus, and days of failed caucus efforts in Iowa, it appears for Pelosi and the Democrats in 2020, the best isn’t yet to come.