Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday ripped up her copy of President Trump’s State of the Union address at the conclusion of his speech.
As Trump finished speaking and most lawmakers stood to applaud, Pelosi stood, grabbed a handful of pages from Trump’s speech and tore it in half.
She tossed the shredded pages in a stack on the dais as Trump made his way to greet members of Congress.
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 5, 2020
Asked afterward why she tore the speech up, Pelosi told reporters it was “the courteous thing to do given the alternative.”
She could also be heard telling reporters, “I tore it up!”
"how was last night?!"
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— Brennan Murphy (@brenonade) February 5, 2020
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on why she ripped up President Trump’s speech: “Because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.” pic.twitter.com/nYTjAZAwGo
— Jason Donner (@jason_donner) February 5, 2020
The moment came after Trump appeared to snub Pelosi’s offer of a handshake at the beginning of the speech.
Trump just refused to shake Pelosi’s hand. pic.twitter.com/4NkKtzUyNY
— John Aravosis🇺🇸 (@aravosis) February 5, 2020