House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up a copy of President Donald Trump’s speech at the conclusion of his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
The event was marked by concurrent spectacles. Trump’s speech, a typical cocktail of hardline immigration rhetoric and boasts about the economy, also featured the president awarding a schoolgirl with a scholarship, presenting Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and reuniting a military family.
Pelosi also put on a show. After Trump appeared to snub her attempt at a handshake, she was an animated presence behind the president during his 90 minute speech. She shook her head at times, and at one point — when Trump claimed Democrats want to grant health care to undocumented immigrants — she twice mouthed “that’s not true.”
And then, at the end of the speech, Pelosi tore up her copy.
When asked by an ABC News reporter why she did so, Pelosi replied, “It was such a dirty speech.”