Pelosi: 'I tore up a manifesto of mistruth'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day MORE (D-Calif.) described President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 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. FitzpatrickLawmakers urge IRS to get stimulus payments to domestic violence survivors Hopes for DC, Puerto Rico statehood rise Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum MORE (Pa.) and Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerDemocratic poll shows tight contest in Washington House race Centrist Democrats 'strongly considering' discharge petition on GOP PPP bill This week: House returns for pre-election sprint 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.