SOTU Drama: Trump Refuses To Shake Pelosi’s Hand — She Tears Up Copy Of His Speech

Written by K. Walker on February 5, 2020

Speaker Pelosi says that she doesn’t hate the President. Someone should have told her that before the State of the Union tonight.

Nancy Pelosi really doesn’t seem to like the President very much for some reason.

Frankly, it appears that the feeling is mutual.

But then, it’s understandable for President Trump to not have warm, fuzzy feelings for someone that has worked to have him impeached over literally nothing and has said that he’s guilty of the non-crime even if he’s acquitted.

I’d not be keen on shaking that person’s hand, either.

News agencies gleefully reported at the perceived snub.

Shortly after this, (perhaps as a tit-for-tat,) Speaker Pelosi introduced the President but didn’t use the traditional introduction, “Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States.” Instead, Speaker Pelosi said, “Members of Congress, the President of the United States.”

Watch the intro:

But remember, Speaker Pelosi was pretty snarky during last year’s State of the Union address with her mocking clap.

The Media(D) loved that and she was praised for her “clap back” against the President.

Throughout the entire speech, she was making faces as she sat there reading through her copy of the speech to determine which things she could applaud and which she could skip that wouldn’t hurt her politically.

Basically, she was being petty.

Just how petty did she get?

At the end of the speech, just after President Trump said, “God Bless America” she ripped up the transcript of the State of the Union speech and tossed it aside immediately after Trump finished speaking.

It was clearly a political stunt to show her disapproval of the President. She took a couple of sheets at the time and held them up in front of her and tore them, then she repeated the action just to make sure that the cameras caught it.

Remind me… who is it that’s supposed to be the divisive one, again?

Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University who did such a great job destroying the premise of the impeachment circus, wasn’t a fan of Speaker Pelosi”s actions. He posted several tweets about the behavior this evening. (Remember, he’s a Democrat.)

Wow, that’s pretty harsh. But he’s absolutely correct.

Speaker Pelosi says that she did it because it was “the courteous thing to do, considering the alternatives.”

Courteous to tear up a historical record? One that included the stories of the guests in the gallery — including foreign President Juan Guaidó — and the names of Americans who died defending the United States?

It wasn’t courteous at all — it was completely disrespectful.

There were other partisan moments during the address.

AOC and Rep. Ayanna Pressley decided to boycott the State of the Union altogether. (I’m sure that President Trump will never recover from that bit of shade.) Of their Democrat colleagues that were in attendance, they did the usual thing by refusing to applaud the President’s accomplishments, a whole lot of scowling, and even some actual heckling.

At one point, when President Trump discusses reducing drug prices, Democrats chanted “H.R.3” to promote their prescription drug bill.

Democrats refused to stand or applaud for:

  • historically low records of unemployment for blacks, Hispanics, and women
  • Hispanic border patrol agents
  • reducing illegal immigration
  • killing terrorists
  • working to end the AIDS epidemic
  • protecting pre-existing conditions
  • ending late-term abortion
  • putting America first
  • a single mom and her 9-year old daughter who were guests of the President
  • any accomplishment of the President

But there was one glimmer of bipartisanship in an indigo dress. Senator Kyrsten Sinema(D-AZ) stood and applauded when President Trump spoke about South Carolina Senator Tim Scott’s work on opportunity zones.

That Senator Sinema has really been a surprise. She’s been a better Republican Senator than the one she replaced — which is not too shabby for a Democrat.

It’s just too bad that there aren’t more Democrats like her who are willing to applaud when they agree with what the President has done instead of being whipped into obedience by their Speaker.

Instead, we have a Speaker who is tearing up a historical record that honored Americans and a foreign leader.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker