Throughout Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared frustrated and disgusted by what Trump had to say. Her frustrations came to a boil when she stood and ripped up Trump’s speech before stuffing it into a big blue envelope.
When a reporter asked Pelosi what she thought of Trump’s speech she replied, “I tore it up,” she then added that it was “the courteous thing to do given the alternatives.”
During his 80-minute speech, Trump took credit for the economy, the unemployment rate and building “a big, beautiful’ wall. He would also attack sanctuary cities claiming they were filled with immigrants who were criminals.
Trump also used the event to present Rush Limbaugh, a conservative radio show host, who just announced that he had lung cancer, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The presidential medal is given in recognition of those people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Rush Limbaugh fit that criterion in absolutely no way.
“If I wanted to attend a MAGA rally, I would attend a MAGA rally,” stated an angry Sen. Chris Van Hollen. “The president never misses an opportunity to further divide the country. It was a disgraceful performance.”
“The only good moments were recognizing some of the great Americans in the balcony, but the president really turned this into a circus performance,” Van Hollen added. “I’ve never seen a president disgrace the House of Representatives in the chamber the way President Trump did tonight.”
Trump started the event on a rude and sour note as he snubbed Nancy Pelosi reached out to shake his hand. Everything pretty much went downhill from there.
Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Tim Ryan, and Bill Pascrell, stormed out midway through the Trump’s speech in disgust.
“I just walked out of the #StateOfTheUnion. I’ve had enough. It’s like watching professional wrestling. It’s all fake,” tweeted Rep. Tim Ryan.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) ripped the speech as “a lot of reality TV,” while House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said its rally-like tone was extremely inappropriate.
“That’s not what the State of the Union’s supposed to be about. It’s not a political rally with some of his supporters in one of these places he goes all over the country and whips up these crowds,” stated House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
“The speech was to whip up his base, and brought up very divisive issues on which there is disagreement,” Hoyer added. So, it didn’t set the table for bipartisan agreement.”