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. Vice President Mike Pence is at left. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
(CORRECTION: House Speaker Pelosi spent some time dividing documents into piles and testing them. The exact moment highlighted in this article occurred 50 minutes into Trump’s speech, not before Trump began his speech. The author regrets the error and has made the necessary changes to reflect the facts.)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promptly ripped President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech after he was done giving it. It was a petty move that did not go as well as she must have hoped it would judging by the response she has gotten thus far.
Pelosi herself has attempted to pretend that she is the one with the moral high ground by pretending she is the one who is extending the “hand of friendship.”
Democrats will never stop extending the hand of friendship to get the job done #ForThePeople. We will work to find common ground where we can, but will stand our ground where we cannot. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/ELJqR9q4xD
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 5, 2020
According to The Hill, Pelosi told her caucus in a back door meeting that she didn’t go there to tear the speech up, but did so impulse:
“I didn’t go in there to tear up the speech, and I didn’t even care that he didn’t shake my hand. In fact, who cares?” Pelosi told her caucus, according to sources in the room. “But I’m a speed reader, so … I went like this through the speech. So I knew that it was a pack of lies. I knew it was a pack of lies, but I thought, ‘Well, let’s see how it goes.’
Yet, if you watch Pelosi carefully, you can clearly see her trying to test the toughness of the paper before the speech ended.
An eagle-eyed Reddit user named WTCMolybdenum4753 posted a zoomed in video of Pelosi bringing the speech down before the desk and manipulating it with her hands briefly before setting it back down on top of the desk.
You can see for yourself below.
Here's Pelosi testing to see if she could rip the speech before the speech even started. She was planning to do it from the start. pic.twitter.com/1gEMlYrNB7
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) February 5, 2020
Pelosi’s claim to be a “speed reader” holds no weight here. She clearly planned to rip the speech before she even knew what was in it. Now she’s blatantly lying about her intent surrounding it.
As Mike Pence said in a Fox News interview, this is a “new low” for Pelosi who clearly wanted to make the night about herself.