As Pelosi shared, "The manifesto of mistruths presented in page after page of the address tonight should be a call to action for everyone who expects truth from the President and policies worthy of his office and the American people."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has never been one to shy away from speaking her mind. Most recently, she made her feelings for President Donald Trump very clear at his latest State of the Union, reports People. Earlier in the evening, Trump did not shake Pelosi's hand which she offered when he handed her a copy of his speech. As soon as he was done addressing Congress on Tuesday night, she stood and began tearing up her copy of his remarks while the assembly clapped for him. Afterwards, she told reporters, “It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative.” Trump and Pelosi have always shared a volatile relationship, especially since he was elected in 2016. The two of them have had multiple disputes, the latest being in light of the impeachment proceedings.
In her full statement about the State of the Union, Nancy Pelosi said Trump “gave no comfort” to families looking for better healthcare options and was untruthful about his healthcare policies, according to The Guardian. “Next week, when the President presents his budget, the American people will see the stark reality of his agenda,” Pelosi said. “A federal budget should be a statement of our national values, and the President has sadly shown that he does not value the good health of the American people.
“Democrats continue to urge the President to abandon his assault on seniors and families and to join us to deliver real progress in lowering the price of prescription drugs and making the bold investments needed to rebuild America’s infrastructure in a green and modern way.” The Speaker then took to Twitter to share: The manifesto of mistruths presented in page after page of the address tonight should be a call to action for everyone who expects truth from the President and policies worthy of his office and the American people.
A bitter feud between President Donald Trump and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi boiled over at his #SOTU speech, with Trump denying her a handshake and Pelosi ripping apart a copy of his remarks behind his back. More photos: https://t.co/OdnqfqlQVa pic.twitter.com/vATkGUS9kw— Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) February 5, 2020
Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden issued a statement denouncing Trump’s State of the Union as a “shameful display”: "In one fell swoop, Trump delivered a speech worthy of the worst demagogue and turned his constitutional obligation to inform Congress about the state of our union into an episode of reality television. He even awarded our nation’s highest civilian honor, not to the real American hero in the gallery — one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen—but a conservative media personality who has done as much as Trump himself to divide our nation. It was a shameful display."
Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich took to Twitter to share how he was left disgusted by Pelosi's actions. He wrote: 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. She isn’t clever or cute her childishness insults our American traditions -should be censured. It's also worth noting that Pelosi shared an image of Trump refusing a handshake from her, but it remains to be seen how far she will go to keep her promise to “never stop extending the hand of friendship to get the job done.”
Democrats will never stop extending the hand of friendship to get the job done #ForThePeople. We will work to find common ground where we can, but will stand our ground where we cannot. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/ELJqR9q4xD— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 5, 2020