Nancy Pelosi ripping Trump SOTU speech draws Republican outrage

Fact checking the president's speech


WASHINGTON – Republicans responded angrily after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. 

Pelosi and Trump have had a combative relationship since he took office. Their mutual animosity has intensified since Democrats took control of the House in January 2019 and grew further with the president’s Dec. 18 impeachment on allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

Their animus was on display Tuesday as Trump appeared to snub Pelosi’s attempt to shake his hand before the address and Pelosi tore up the speech afterward from her position behind the president on the House dais. 

Pelosi later told reporters she tore up the document because it was a “manifesto of untruths.” 

Trump-Pelosi drama on full display:He snubbed her handshake, she tore up his speech

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, slammed Pelosi for the move.

“You can tear up the speech, but you can’t tear up the accomplishments,” Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity, referring to a litany of economic and national security achievements he credited to Trump. 

Graham challenged Pelosi to provide 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,” he said. “You know why Trump’s going to win? The speech is absolutely the truth, and the best is yet to come.” 


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