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Gingrich calls on Pelosi to be censured: 'Disgusted' by 'viciously partisan action'

Former House Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) on Wednesday called on current House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden: US to hit 200M vaccine target on Wednesday | House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package | FDA finds multiple failures at J&J plant House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package House Democrats eye passing DC statehood bill for second time MORE (D-Calif.) to be censured for her actions in ripping up a copy of President TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE's State of the Union address after his speech Tuesday night.

Pelosi has been a hot topic of debate on cable news and online after tearing up the copy of Trump's remarks.

Gingrich tweeted that her actions were not “clever or cute” and called Pelosi “childish.”

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“As Speaker of the House for four State of the Unions by a President of the other party I am disgusted and insulted by the viciously partisan action of Nancy Pelosi tearing up the speech,” Gingrich tweeted to his 2.1 million followers. “She isn’t clever or cute her childishness insults our American traditions -should be censured.”

Following the speech, Pelosi told a Fox News reporter that ripping up the speech "was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.”

Trump has not commented directly on Pelosi's gesture but has retweeted a series of tweets slamming the House Speaker, including one calling of her to be censured.

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

Trump and Pelosi have reportedly not spoken since October, right before House impeachment proceedings against the president began, according to a Pelosi spokesperson.

Vice President Pence on Wednesday called Pelosi's action "a new low" while making an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

"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.

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau? The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Let's make a deal on infrastructure, taxes MORE also lashed out at Pelosi on Wednesday, saying she was “petty and peevish” while also calling for the Speaker to be censured.