President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address to Congress and members of the Supreme Court on Tuesday night.
The speech was rife with some of Trump's most famous lies. He claimed to be working to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions, despite his administration fighting the Affordable Care Act in court. He painted undocumented immigrants as murderous "aliens." He claimed he'd sign a bill to lower prescription drug prices without mentioning the House drug pricing bill currently dying in the Senate.
Trump peppered the speech with made-for-tv moments—scholarship announcements, impromptu medals of freedom, soldiers reuniting with families—intended to please his supporters.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wasn't satisfied with the speech.
As soon as the President's address ended, Pelosi ripped the copy of his speech in half.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ripped up her printed copy of President Trump's State of the Union address as he… https://t.co/fAZC7hj16m— CNN (@CNN)1580886972.0
While Trump's supporters chastised the Speaker for the act of opposition, Pelosi isn't backing down.
When leaving the House chamber following the address, Pelosi was asked why she tore up the copy.
"Because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives."
Speaker Pelosi says she tore up her copy of Pres. Trump's State of the Union speech "because it was a manifesto of… https://t.co/6oqg1l3oKN— ABC News (@ABC News)1580880956.0
She later called the speech a "manifesto of mistruths" on Twitter.
The manifesto of mistruths presented in page after page of the address tonight should be a call to action for every… https://t.co/8ZdgT9Ugxb— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1580879088.0
The move spurred strong negative reactions from her Republican colleagues, but with 31 falsehoods presented by the President in a single speech, many Democrats applauded the gesture.
For the record, I’d rather see @SpeakerPelosi shred a speech than watch the Republican Party shred the Constitution.— Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (@Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon)1580912920.0
For the last two years, Nancy Pelosi has served as the bulwark between our republic & a Trumpist descent into despo… https://t.co/S5fmNZLQSo— Greg Olear (@Greg Olear)1580912413.0
The good news is we’re all talking about Pelosi ripping up Trump, and no one is talking his speech. She is a master.— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1580911970.0
If you’re offended by Nancy Pelosi ripping up Trump’s speech of lies, and not offended by Trump’s never ending dail… https://t.co/xjB6wgbaBx— April (@April)1580907800.0
Nancy Pelosi is the kind of woman I raised my daughter to be, hoping one day if I’m so blessed my granddaughters will be #NancyPelosiROCKS— Mayday Mindy 🌊 (@Mayday Mindy 🌊)1580912986.0
I just gained way more respect and admiration for @SpeakerPelosi when she ripped up that speech. #NancyPelosiROCKS… https://t.co/Hg0ny9apXM— Margo 🧢 (@Margo 🧢)1580910914.0
This was the best part of the #SOTU #NancyPelosi #NancyPelosiROCKS https://t.co/bZ2FlmNdUN— Coco Valentine (@Coco Valentine)1580905421.0
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