February 6, 2020
For 80 minutes on February 4, President Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union address that featured a “highlight reel of his presidency,” with a few reality show twists thrown in—including awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh; and introducing a Kansas-born toddler and her mother as the faces of his anti-abortion campaign.
The pageantry enthralled Republicans, who lavished Trump with praise; and disgusted most Democrats, who hissed and booed, later calling Trump’s speech a disgrace, according to a report by Politico.
Addressing her caucus Wednesday morning, said she felt “liberated” after defiantly ripping up Trump’s speech for the world to see, tearing up each page as she stood behind the president after he concluded his annual address.
Democrats gave Pelosi a standing ovation after she concluded her remarks, coming just hours before the Senate will vote to acquit Trump in his impeachment trial. The California Democrat then went on to salute all seven House impeachment managers by name, according to attendees.
Pelosi’s remarks follow the latest turn in the long-running feud between the two party leaders, which played out during Trump’s annual address in front of the Congress and millions of viewers.
Speaking to the caucus, some Democrats said Pelosi appeared distraught and frustrated by Trump’s speech. Pelosi specifically called out Trump’s decision to award the divisive conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the middle of the speech.
House Republican leaders were quick to condemn Pelosi —calling her late-night response a petty tantrum. Trump himself weighed in in his own way, rapidly re-tweeting more than a dozen people criticizing Pelosi’s actions, many with the hashtag “#PelosiTantrum” on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, the speaker’s top lieutenants were quick to come to her defense.
Research contact: @politico