Of all the destructive actions she’s taken since being reinstated as House speaker, what Nancy Pelosi did Tuesday night during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech may very well be viewed historically as the worst.
But as noted by Sen. Lindsey Graham, her efforts were for naught.
“To Speaker Pelosi, you can tear up the speech, but you can’t tear up the accomplishments. And that’s what this race is going to be about 2020,” he bluntly said to Fox News’ Sean Hannity late Tuesday after the conclusion of the president’s SOTU address.
He then challenged Pelosi to lay out her disagreements with the speech.
“Can I challenge Nancy Pelosi?” he added. “I want to make a challenge to Nancy Pelosi. Give me facts to dispute what the president said about economic growth among all sectors of society. … Don’t tear up the speech. Tell me where it’s wrong.”
“Senator, if you get me that torn-up speech, I’ll donate $25,000 to your favorite charity,” Hannity replied.
While Pelosi’s behavior was shocking, according to Sen. Ted Cruz it’s been a long time coming, with liberal Democrats “getting worse and worse” every year as their hatred for the president has transformed from petty anger at losing the 2016 election to total unadulterated rage.
“Over the last three years we’ve seen congressional Democrats getting worse and worse at state of the union addresses, but this is the worst I’ve ever seen,” he said to Hannity later Tuesday evening.
“They wouldn’t applaud for record-low unemployment. They wouldn’t record for record-low African-American unemployment. They wouldn’t applaud for record-low Hispanic-American unemployment. They wouldn’t applaud for women. They wouldn’t applaud for 12,000 new factories in the United States and a blue-collar boom.”
(Source: Fox News)
“And I’ll tell you the moment I thought was the saddest and most revealing early in the speech,” he continued. “When the president talked about seven million people coming off of food stamps, there were congressional Democrats who audibly hissed.”
“Now think about what that reveals. They’re rooting for Americans in poverty to be trapped in dependence. That’s seven million people that have gotten jobs, that are providing for their kids, the single moms that have the pride of putting food on the table, and the Democrats are hissing.”
When President Trump announced that 10 million Americans have been lifted off of food stamps…
-Nancy Pelosi frowned
-Republicans applauded! ?
Run from the Democrat plantation!#WalkAway #StateOfTheUnion #DemocratsAreCorrupt pic.twitter.com/t3kniPM2ha
— Millie Weaver (@Millie__Weaver) February 5, 2020
“And it culminated at that moment at the end when Nancy Pelosi ripped that speech,” Cruz added. “It was disgraceful. It was disgusting.”
“I was sitting 50 feet away from her, and it made me angry, because what she showed, and what congressional Democrats showed, was contempt for America, that they won’t root for the American people, and they won’t show even the barest modicum of respect for the president of the United States. I thought the president did fantastic, and I think Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats were disgraceful tonight.”
Also speaking with Hannity after the president’s address, Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows argued that Pelosi’s behavior — ripping up Trump’s speech — was a perfect encapsulation of what the Democrats have been doing ever since the 2016 election.
“We saw Nancy Pelosi ripping up a speech just like [current House Intelligence Committee chair] Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi have been trying to rip apart America for the last few years,” he said.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz further speculated that the anger stemmed in part from Trump’s comparison of his administration’s accomplishments with his predecessor’s failures.
“That wasn’t just a celebration of the greatness of our country, though it was that,” he said. “It was a comparison of two different worldviews: The free market, free people, America first approach that the president has put into place, really improving quality of life are people in every aspect of life, against the America last, apologetic, big government, anti-freedom approach that Barack Obama used.”
Speaking with her colleagues Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum right after the speech concluded, FNC’s Dana Perino also attributed the Democrats’ behavior to the president’s decision to allegedly snub a handshake from Pelosi.
As the president was handing copies of his speech to Vice President Mike Pence and Pelosi at the start of the address, the speaker put her out for a handshake, only to be ignored, either purposefully or by accident. It’s possible the president didn’t see her.
Looked like Speaker Pelosi tried to shake the President’s hand and he either did not see her gesture or ignored her… ?????
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) February 5, 2020
President Trump declines to shake Speaker Pelosi’s outstretched hand at #SOTU2020 pic.twitter.com/oB7suIxNPT
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 5, 2020
“She could’ve possibly had the upper hand a little bit in the conversation post-speech because she could say ‘I reached out my hand to the president. He ignored me or didn’t see me or whatever.’ She had the upper hand,” Perino argued.
“But now, the ripping up of the speech. There were names in there of people who have died — American citizens who have died. I think that was really disrespectful but also super unsophisticated and not like her.”
Actually, the case could be made that being disrespectful is indeed just like her …
Listen to Perino below:
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