Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union as he wrapped up the speech Tuesday night, drawing a boatload of criticism from the other side of the aisle.
The tension was palpable from the night’s beginning as Trump declined to shake the House Speaker’s hand after handing her a copy of the speech. Fox News reported on air that the two had not spoken since the president called her a “third grade politician” during an October meeting at the White House.
Pelosi’s reaction drew plenty of criticism. Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted that Pelosi had “embarrassed herself.” (RELATED: Watch Rush Limbaugh React When Melania Trump Presents Him With Medal Of Freedom In SOTU Surprise)
The Speaker embarrassed herself by ripping up her paper copy of the speech in dramatic fashion. So pathetic. #SOTU2020
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 5, 2020
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the action “petty,” and House GOP Whip Steve Scalise called it a “new low.”
How petty of Pelosi. Ripping up a piece of paper doesn’t change the facts that were written on it—Americans are winning, in spite of the do-nothing Democrats.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 5, 2020
This speech was about American heroes and American workers. She decided THAT was worth literally tearing apart.
Absolutely disgraceful. pic.twitter.com/Cp0tg3AE1W
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 5, 2020
Pelosi received plenty more criticism on Twitter:
CLASSLESS MOVE, Speaker Nancy Pelosi RIPS up President Trump’s State of the Union Speech!!
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) February 5, 2020
Nancy Pelosi rips up President Trump’s speech… this is all they have… Tantrums. pic.twitter.com/gi3JP8lVWp
— Carpe Donktum???? (@CarpeDonktum) February 5, 2020
Pelosi rips up Pres. Trump’s speech. How utterly disrespectful & immature.pic.twitter.com/dtRkGo41ir
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 5, 2020
The Democrats’ 3 plus year temper tantrum was on full display tonight.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 5, 2020
Nancy Pelosi is so enraged that she cannot contain her hate
That’s how good Trump’s speech was https://t.co/nGZC6fEuEA
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 5, 2020
After the House delivered two articles of impeachment to the Senate, the upper chamber is poised to acquit the president this week.