House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) became a focus of heated controversy this week when she was seen on live television tearing up a copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech.
During a subsequent Fox News appearance, Vice President Mike Pence offered his thoughts on Pelosi’s actions, and they were far from complimentary.
“I did not see her do it,” Pence said during an appearance on Fox and Friends. “I found out a few moments later, and I think it was a new low. I was not sure if she was ripping up the speech or ripping up the Constitution.”
“It is clear the contrast here was the president who spent an hour and a half making a speech about America — and Nancy Pelosi, in the final moments, tried to make it about her,” the vice president continued.
Pence believes “the American people see through it and see through the pettiness, they see through the politics of all of it.
“And,” he went on, “I think what they got last night was a speech that lifted up the country that celebrated the incredible progress that we’ve made in our economy, rebuilding our military, strengthening our courts.”
Pence took special exception to the behavior exhibited by Pelosi when Rush Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The longtime conservative talk radio host was recently diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
“Here is someone with stage 4 cancer. And it strikes me as one of those moments that was very revealing, whether the ripping up of the pages or her talking throughout the speech or looking down,” Pence said.
He went on: “I think it was an attitude of disrespect that I don’t think really reflected how the American people were responding to the speech.”
When asked whether the California Democrat said anything to him during the speech, Pence said she “occasionally” did but that he was more focused on what the president was saying.
“But,” the vice president added, “she seemed to be muttering along about things that they had been doing, that I don’t know if she thought they were getting sufficient credit for.”
As she departed the House chamber, Pelosi remained defiant with regard to her conduct, telling reporters that tearing up the speech “was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives,” according to National Review.