Top US Democrat Pelosi rips up Trump's State of the Union speech

Cheryl Sanders
February 5, 2020

US House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (L) holds up the ripped up copy of US President Donald Trump's speech after the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives on February 4, 2020 in Washington, DC.

As he began the speech, Republicans from both houses of Congress chanted "four more years" while he stood at the lectern in the chamber of the House with a presidential election nearly exactly nine months away.

In one swift move, she rips his speech completely in half and sets it down on her desk. This time, she was even more explicit with her very public rebuke. Several well-known House Democrats, including the congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, opted to boycott the event altogether, citing Trump's "contempt for Congress and our constitution". While her supporters cheered the gesture of defiance - those who saw it, at least, and weren't boycotting the speech entirely - Republicans were appalled.

The president was seen to mouth the words "thank you" as Pelosi put the torn-up papers aside, though it wasn't clear if he was sarcastically thanking her or directing his gratitude elsewhere.

The Republican-led Senate was expected to acquit him on Wednesday of charges of abuse of powers and obstruction of Congress.

During the impeachment crisis, Trump, 73, has repeatedly assailed the speaker for her impeachment "hoax", branding her "nervous Nancy" and "crazy Nancy" on Twitter.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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