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 PelosiSusan Collins asks postmaster general to address delays of 'critically needed mail' Trump says he'd sign bill funding USPS but won't seek changes to help mail voting On The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' MORE (D-Calif.) after she ripped up a copy of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary 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 McCarthyQAnon-supporting congressional candidate embraced 9/11 conspiracy theory Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP GOP leaders go into attack mode against Harris 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.