White House, Republicans blast Pelosi for ripping up copy of Trump speech

White House, Republicans blast Pelosi for ripping up copy of Trump speech
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The White House and congressional Republicans condemned Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAs coronavirus surges, Trump tries to dismantle healthcare for millions Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Pelosi plans legislation to limit pardons, commutations after Roger Stone move MORE (D-Calif.) for tearing up her copy of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

“Speaker Pelosi just ripped up: One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen. The survival of a child born at 21 weeks. The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller. A service member's reunion with his family. That's her legacy,” the White House’s official account tweeted Tuesday evening.

The tweet was referencing several guests at the address, including family members of a man killed by an undocumented immigrant and an aid worker killed by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


Pelosi, who tore the speech in two and placed it on the dais after Trump concluded his address, later told reporters that ripping up the speech was "the courteous thing to do given the alternative." The moment followed Trump appearing to ignore Pelosi offering her hand before he began his remarks.

In addition to the White House, top congressional Republicans also blasted Pelosi, calling her actions "disgraceful" and "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," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySupreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress The Hill's Campaign Report: Florida's coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention McCarthy calls NY requests for Trump tax returns political MORE (R-Calif.) tweeted.

"That was disgraceful, it's something that she should not have done.  She should apologize for that — I mean the whole country's watching and you've got to be better than that. You don't have to agree with a State of the Union — there have been a lot of things I didn't agree with in States of the Union when Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHow Trump can get his mojo back Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Democrats see convention as chance to underscore COVID-19 message MORE was president, but you respect the institution," Scalise told The Hill.
"The tearing up of the speech at the end was just such bad form — it's exactly the opposite of what was the tone of the speech and the mood," he told the Hill. "It wasn't an overly partisan speech at all, it was about all of us together, America, and our better days and all of that. And so I just was really stunned when she did that, I couldn't believe it. This is a moment for leadership, we need to pull the country together and that's not the optic that we needed."
House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneySome in Congress want to keep sending our troops to Afghanistan Biggs, Massie call on Trump to remove troops from Afghanistan Russian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide MORE (R-Wyo.) said Pelosi "had a tantrum, disgraced herself, and dishonored the House," adding that the Speaker was "an embarrassment and unfit for office."
Updated at 12:16 a.m. on Feb. 5.