Pelosi Tears Up Trump's Speech at End of Address

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made her feelings clear at the conclusion of President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Trump avoided the subject of his impeachment drama in a pugnacious 80-minute speech, but the scars from the battle were evident with fellow Republicans giving him standing ovations while rival Democrats for the most part remained seated. Earlier, when Pelosi had introduced Trump to the Senate before the beginning of his address, Trump had refused to shake hands with her.

The fashion statement was used to splashy effect previous year during the 2019 State of the Union address, as well as in 2017 during a presidential address to Congress; both were organized by the House Democratic Women's Working Group in service of supporting women's issues. She avoided citing the customary "high privilege and distinct honor" that usually accompanies the speaker's introduction of the president to Congress. Pelosi shrugged it off, but after the speech, which included digs against Democrats and former President Barack Obama, she calmly ripped up her copy of the address, later telling reporters, "I tore it up".

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., told Fox News that Trump's speech was "rough" in parts. In his address, Trump said the country's economy is on a progressive path, unemployment is at its lowest in U.S. history and the State of Union is stronger than ever before.

Pelosi, a frequent thorn in Trump's side, created a viral image with her seemingly sarcastic applause of the president a year ago.