USA Today reports:
From start to finish, President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was marked by partisan tension that spilled out in the exchange between the leaders of both parties: Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
He refused to shake her hand after she introduced him. She tore his speech up and tossed it aside as soon he was done. Even before the president uttered the first word of his State of the Union address, the political and personal friction between the president and the House speaker, who has been leading his impeachment, was palpable.
Pelosi omitted the customary language about it being a “high privilege and distinct honor” to introduce the president. Trump then handed the traditional copies of his speech to Vice President Mike Pence and to Pelosi, but when she reached out to shake his hand, he turned his back on her.
Speaker Pelosi just ripped up:
One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen.
The survival of a child born at 21 weeks.
The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller.
A service member’s reunion with his family.
That’s her legacy.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 5, 2020
— The Guardian (@guardian) February 5, 2020
“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,” Speaker Pelosi said. https://t.co/OPgOzT0J7B
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 5, 2020
#Cult45 when Trump retweeted a video accusing the Clintons of murdering Jeffrey Epstein while he was in a Trump-run prison:
What a classless bitch!!! How dare she! Clutch my pearls!! https://t.co/0Yhjk0kKSV
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) February 5, 2020
When asked after #SOTU why she ripped up Trump’s speech, Nancy Pelosi told reporters it was “because it was a courteous thing to do considering the alternative. It was such a dirty speech.” https://t.co/at7yCIcjGR
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 5, 2020