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 PelosiMeadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House Pelosi floats undoing SALT deduction cap in next coronavirus bill Overnight Health Care: More states order residents to stay at home | Trump looks to sell public on coronavirus response | Judges block Ohio, Texas abortion bans | Dems eye infrastructure in next relief bill MORE (D-Calif.) to be censured for her actions in ripping up a copy of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House 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 ConwayThe Memo: Economic disaster poses danger for Trump Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal Overnight Health Care: Senate passes coronavirus aid bill, sending it to Trump | First lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus | Trump invokes defense law to boost response | Lawmakers push for surprise medical bill fix in package MORE also lashed out at Pelosi on Wednesday, saying she was “petty and peevish” while also calling for the Speaker to be censured.