Nancy Pelosi’s behavior at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address showed that she’s an “incorrigible child” who should be censured, Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday.
According to the Washington Times, the White House adviser slammed Pelosi (D-CA) in an interview with Fox News for ripping Trump’s speech in half at the conclusion of his remarks Tuesday evening. “I think it shows you how petty and peevish and partisan the Democratic Party has become,” Conway told America’s Newsroom, according to a transcript from RealClearPolitics.
Conway calls for Pelosi’s censure
The tensions inflamed by Trump’s impeachment were on display Tuesday night, although Trump did not address them directly. The president refused a handshake from Pelosi at the outset, and the House speaker wore a gloomy expression throughout as Trump hailed a national resurgence that he dubbed the “great American comeback.”
Trump colored his speech with moving touches, featuring guests like Rush Limbaugh, who he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a military family that he reunited. Pelosi, meanwhile, appeared fidgety and at times responded verbally to Trump, mouthing “not true” when the president accused Democrats of wanting to give health care to illegal immigrants.
The president’s allies have contrasted the optimism of Trump’s speech with Pelosi’s “temper tantrum” at the end, saying that the speaker acted childishly and in a way unbecoming of her office. Echoing these sentiments, Conway called on the House to censure Pelosi on Wednesday and mocked the California Democrat’s erratic behavior.
“What is wrong with her? Who mutters to themselves through a State of the Union?” Conway said, according to The Hill. “She looked like she was reading the Cheesecake Factory menu all night going through every single page.”
Pelosi defends SOTU stunt
Pelosi and Trump have continued to feud after the president was formally acquitted of impeachment on Wednesday. At her weekly press conference the next day, Pelosi said that Trump put on a “reality show” and that she felt compelled to shred his “manifesto of mistruths” to make a point about its alleged falsehoods, Fox reported.
“Constant guests. That was not a State of the Union. That was his state of mind,” Pelosi said. But a CBS poll found that most approved of Trump’s speech, including 82% of independent voters.
Indeed, while Pelosi clearly wants to project strength, Trump’s allies have called the speaker’s stunt an admission of defeat. It also appears to have been pre-meditated; video later revealed that the pages were pre-ripped, according to the New York Post.
Trump cries victory
For his part, Trump, no longer tethered to the staid ceremony of the State of the Union, unloaded on Pelosi and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) — the sole GOP senator who voted to convict him — in a pair of speeches Thursday. At the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning, Trump mocked Pelosi’s claims that she prayed for him throughout the impeachment process, as well as Romney’s explanation that his faith led him to vote for Trump’s conviction.
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong, nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when you know that is not so,” Trump said, according to NBC News.
In a wild speech at the White House later that day, Trump eviscerated Romney, Pelosi, James Comey, and other foes as he slammed the “bulls***” Russia hoax and the Ukraine drama that followed. “[Pelosi] wanted to impeach from day one,” Trump asserted. “Don’t let it fool you.”