Lawmaker says he urged Pelosi to auction ripped up speech for charity

Lawmaker says he urged Pelosi to auction ripped up speech for charity
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Rep. Billy LongWilliam (Billy) H. LongLawmaker says he urged Pelosi to auction ripped up speech for charity Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show MORE (R-Mo.) said he urged 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.) to auction off the 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 she ripped up at the end of his address. 

“I went up to @SpeakerPelosi as she was showing off her ripped up speech to the gallery and I said you should auction that off for charity. She said no I’m keeping it for prosperity. I said no auction it for charity,” Long tweeted.

Long added that he would auction to charity the tie he was wearing at the address, which Trump signed.

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Pelosi raised eyebrows when she was seen tearing up her copy of Trump’s prepared remarks at the conclusion of his State of the Union address.

Asked later why she tore the speech up, Pelosi told reporters it was "the courteous thing to do given the alternative."

Pelosi and Trump are known to have an acrimonious relationship. The two are not believed to have met since an infamous conference at the White House in October when Pelosi cut the meeting short after Democrats say the president insulted her.

Pelosi appeared to avoid looking at Trump throughout his address, instead looking over his prepared remarks and looking at her members in the House chamber.