Pence: Pelosi ripping up Trump's State of the Union speech 'was a new low'

Vice President Pence on Wednesday took aim at Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi calls Trump's decision to withdraw US from WHO 'an act of extraordinary senselessness' House Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Khanna says President Trump threatening violence against US citizens; Trump terminating relationship with WHO MORE (D-Calif.) after she ripped up a copy of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE's State of the Union speech following his address Tuesday evening.

In an appearance on "Fox & Friends," the vice president said he "wasn't sure if she was ripping up the speech or ripping up the Constitution" when he saw Pelosi's gesture.

"I didn't see her do it; I found out just a few moments later. And I thought it was a new low," he added.

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As Trump's speech ended on Tuesday night, Pelosi tore the printed speech in half and set it down as the president made his way off the podium to greet members of Congress.

Pelosi later told reporters that tearing the speech “was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives."

"It was such a dirty speech," she added.

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Pelosi has faced considerable criticism from conservatives following the move. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers House punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate Rep. Banks launches bid for RSC chairman MORE (R-Calif.) called the gesture "petty."

"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," he tweeted.

Pelosi's actions come after it appeared the president ignored the Speaker's attempt to shake his hand at the beginning of the speech. 

The speech took place weeks after the House impeached Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It also came one day before the GOP-controlled Senate is likely to vote to acquit him of the impeachment charges.

Updated at 11:30 a.m. to correctly refer to McCarthy as the Minority Leader.