In an attempt to save face and justify why she tore up President Trump's State of the Union speech, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi claims that she shredded the speech because "he shredded the truth."
“He shredded the truth so I shredded his speech,” Pelosi told House Democrats , and also called Trump's address a "manifesto of mistruths."
“You are supposed to talk about the State of the Union,” she added, “not the State of your alleged mind.”
Trump, Pelosi said, “disrespected” the House chamber and used it as a “backdrop for a reality show… to give a speech that had no connection with reality.”
Wednesday’s private remarks marked the first time Pelosi had addressed the Tuesday night incident to House Democrats. Pelosi said she had not planned to tear up Trump’s speech, but she felt “liberated” when she did so. Her actions came after Trump, as he entered the chamber and ascended the dais, appeared to snub Pelosi by ignoring her extended hand.
“I didn’t go in there to tear up the speech, and I didn’t even care that he didn’t shake my hand. In fact, who cares?” Pelosi said, “But I’m a speed reader, so ... I went like this through the speech. So I knew that it was a pack of lies. I knew it was a pack of lies, but I thought, ‘Well, let’s see how it goes.’
“About a quarter through it I thought, ‘You know – he’s selling a bill of goods like a snake oil salesman. We cannot let this stand,’” she added, “So, somewhere along the way realizing what was coming, I started to stack my papers in a way that were tear-able.”
“She ripped it from top to bottom,” said Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), speaking metaphorically of Pelosi skewering Trump’s speech.
Democrats were still fuming at Trump on Wednesday morning. They were furious not only about Trump insulting Pelosi in her own chamber, but also about his claims that he alone had fixed the economy and reversed what he called years of “American decline.”
Democrats griped that Trump had tried to erase from history eight years of economic growth under President Obama, who had inherited a financial crisis from his GOP predecessor.
Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney said, “Speaker Pelosi had a tantrum. She disgraced herself. She dishonored the House. She showed once again she is an embarrassment and she is unfit for office.”
Democrats can't stand the fact that they failed in kicking Trump out of office.
Not only is Pelosi acting like a child, but so are the people who are defending her ridiculous actions.
— end of daves ❄️ ? (@davemacladd) February 5, 2020
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