Feb 5, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Kellyanne Conway says Pelosi should be censured for tearing up Trump's speech

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway called Speaker Nancy Pelosi "an incorrigible child" for tearing up a copy of President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and suggested that she be "censured."

Why it matters: Each house of Congress is responsible for censuring its own members, and it's unrealistic that Pelosi would face that kind of reprimand from a chamber that she controls. The episode Tuesday night and the subsequent fallout underscores the extreme partisan divisions between Trump and the House Democrats that voted to impeach him.

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Pelosi tears up Trump's State of the Union speech

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up her copy of President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday, after sitting through an hour of the president's address on topics ranging from immigration to economic growth.

Trump snubs Pelosi handshake State of the Union address

President Trump snubbed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handshake as he took the stage at the State of the Union address Tuesday.

  • The other side: Pelosi snubbed Trump back, introducing him only with the lead: "The President of the United States."
  • A speaker would have usually used the language: "I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States."

Fox's Brian Kilmeade: Pelosi is “emotionally losing it”

“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's statements about President Trump's acquittal and her disapproval of his State of the Union address qualified as “emotionally losing it.”

The big picture: Since Trump's State of the Union, Pelosi accused him of using Congress as a "backdrop for a reality show." After the speech on Tuesday, the House speaker was also seen ripping a copy of the president's transcript for the evening.