House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) essentially threw a tantrum on Tuesday at the conclusion of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address by very deliberately tearing up her copy of his prepared remarks in front of everyone in attendance and watching on television.
The speaker’s behavior didn’t sit well with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, however, who compared Pelosi’s actions to that of a “child” and suggested that she deserved to be “censured” in response to her disrespectful actions, the New York Post reported.
“America saw an incorrigible child ripping up the State of the Union,” the president’s adviser told reporters in the White House briefing room Wednesday morning.
“Petty and peevish and partisan”
Later, Conway appeared on Fox News‘ America’s Newsroom and reiterated her takedown of Pelosi’s antics of the prior evening, as well as that of a majority of the speaker’s fellow Democrats who essentially sat on their hands as Trump listed his administration’s achievements, with most even refused to applaud for decidedly nonpartisan concepts.
As for what Pelosi did, Conway said the speaker was “shredding the memory of Kayla Mueller, shredding 100-year-old Tuskegee airmen, shredding little two-year-old Ellie [Schneider] who was born at 21 weeks and six days. and the list goes on and on.”
“I think it shows you how petty and peevish and partisan the Democratic Party has become,” Conway opined, asking with regard to Pelosi a moment later, “What’s wrong with her? Who mutters to themselves over the State of the Union?”
She went on: “I think that she should either be censured or I believe the same woman who led a resolution in the House to denounce a tweet last summer — there ought to be a Senate resolution denouncing her behavior last night.”
Pelosi “dishonored the moment”
According to the Washington Examiner, Vice President Mike Pence, who was seated on the dais next to Pelosi throughout the presidential address, also issued some stern words and condemnation on Wednesday for what the speaker did after Trump concluded his address.
“I think it was a new low. I wasn’t sure if she was ripping up the speech or ripping up the Constitution,” Pence said during an appearance on Fox & Friends. “The contrast here was a president who spent an hour and a half making a speech about America and Nancy Pelosi, in the final moments, tried to make it about her and I think the American people see through it, I think they see through the pettiness and see through the politics of all of it.”
The vice president added: “There’s always a basic decorum and a basic respect. But to have her stand up and tear up that speech really dishonored the moment, and I really thought it was beneath the dignity of a joint session of Congress, and I think it will be remembered as such.”
What Pelosi did in publicly and purposely tearing up the president’s speech was, in fact, childish, dishonorable and simply unacceptable behavior, particularly from a political “leader” who knows better and would never tolerate similar conduct from the other side of the ideological aisle.
Pelosi truly does deserve to be censured by the House or condemned by a Senate resolution — if not both — but there’s no point in holding one’s breath while waiting for that to occur. Instead, Americans must simply trust that voters will see fit to vote Pelosi out of power in November, if only to ensure there is no repeat show of such blatant disrespect for our institutions in the future.