Amid an ongoing impeachment proceeding, President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address to a deeply divided Congress.
On Tuesday, Trump entered the room to roaring applause from Republican lawmakers, but the tension between Trump and Democratic lawmakers was palpable.
While Trump never mentioned the impeachment proceeding and instead sought to tout the “great American comeback,” it was clear from the beginning that there was tension between him and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when he appeared to brush off her attempt to shake hands.
As he walked to the podium for his address, President Trump did not shake Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand, although it was unclear whether it was an intentional snub https://t.co/UOJyqNXas1 pic.twitter.com/hxW5J0LKib— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 5, 2020
After the speech, which lasted a little more than an hour and a half and included some surprises such as a military family reunion, Pelosi expressed her discontent by ripping up the speech.
Speaking to reporters as she left the House chamber, Pelosi called the speech a “manifesto of mistruths.” She acknowledged that she ripped up the speech, “It was the courteous thing to do.”
She added that she hopes to invite a new president to deliver the next State of the Union address.
I would have shredded it. #justsaying— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) February 5, 2020
When asked about the move, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said he was “just glad [Pelosi] didn’t hit him with it.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) suggested that Pelosi auction off the speech for charity, noting that he would auction his Trump-signed tie for charity.
It was a @StJudeResearch tie just like the one he signed for me last year. @naaauctioneers auctioned that one off and it brought $15,000 for @StJude. That ripped up speech would bring a lot of money for a worthy charity. Encourage Nancy to #Auction it for a good cause. #SOTU2020— Billy Long (@auctnr1) February 5, 2020
On Wednesday morning, Trump re-tweeted several users who blasted Pelosi for ripping up the speech.