Pelosi: 'I tore up a manifesto of mistruth'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptoms 14 things to know for today about coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Trump, telecom executives talk coronavirus response | Pelosi pushes funding for mail-in voting | New York AG wants probe into firing of Amazon worker | Marriott hit by another massive breach MORE (D-Calif.) described President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE's State of the Union address as a "manifesto of mistruth" at her weekly press briefing Thursday morning.

Pelosi was asked if she thought that she stepped on her own message to her fellow House Democrats to take the high road when she ripped up a paper copy of Trump's annual address right after his 80-minute speech ended.

"I did not. I tore up a manifesto of mistruth," Pelosi responded.


Pelosi said Trump "misrepresented" legislation that House Democrats are working on, specifically mentioning legislation known as H.R. 3 that aims to lower drug prices. A group of Democrats at one point chanted "H.R. 3" in criticism of Trump. 

In his address, Trump made it seemed like no such bill had been passed. Trump said that if such a bill was bipartisan, he would "sign it into law immediately.”


However, two Republicans in the House did vote in favor of the bill: Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDemocrats bullish on bill to create women's history museum: 'It's an election year' This week: Trump's budget lands with a thud on Capitol Hill House approves pro-union labor bill MORE (Pa.) and Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerWashington state lawmakers warn health workers running low on protective gear Pelosi: 'I tore up a manifesto of mistruth' DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program MORE (Wash.).

The bill is one of a growing number of measures passed by the House that has not been considered in the GOP-controlled Senate, a point Democrats have repeatedly noted.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has given no indication the bill will be considered anytime soon.

Pelosi added that she didn't need lessons in dignity, "especially from the president of the United States."

At the beginning of Tuesday's State of the Union address, Trump left Pelosi's arm hanging as he appeared to snub giving her a handshake.

Pelosi on Thursday said that had nothing to do with her decision to rip up his speech at the end of the address.