House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) State of the Union stunt proves that it’s time for her to go, Vice President Mike Pence said.
In Central Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Pence did not hesitate to attack Pelosi for shredding Trump’s address to the nation the night before, the Washington Examiner reported. The normally reserved vice president urged supporters at a Women for Trump event near Harrisburg to boot Democrats from the House majority in November.
Pence urges Pelosi’s ouster over SOTU stunt
Trump was acquitted of impeachment charges on Wednesday afternoon in a nearly party-line vote, with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) being the only defection. His victory underscored an extraordinarily bad week for the Democrats, who had already suffered an embarrassing meltdown at the Iowa caucuses Monday evening that left the outcome unclear.
Then came Trump’s State of the Union address, which was highly rated by viewers, including 82 percent of independents. Trump went for a tone of optimism, hailing a “great American comeback” evident from a robust economy, but Pelosi tried to get the last word by conspicuously ripping his speech in two at the very end.
At a rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, the vice president fired up a crowd of 500 supporters with news of Trump’s acquittal and hailed an “incredible week” for the president. The vice president struggled to be heard over the crowd as he turned to Pelosi and her theatrics, saying:
Let’s make sure it’s the last time Speaker Nancy Pelosi ever sits in the chair behind the president during the State of the Union address.
Pence rips “petty” Pelosi
Tensions were high on Tuesday night when Trump rejected a handshake from Pelosi, who proceeded to grimace and fidget through the 90 or so minutes of remarks. At times, she reacted verbally to Trump’s claims, mouthing silently “not true” when Trump accused Democrats of supporting healthcare for illegal immigrants.
Pence, who was sitting next to Pelosi through the speech, told Fox News that Pelosi’s stunt seemed planned because it was “such an immediate moment.” He called it a “new low” and contrasted her “pettiness” with the positivity of Trump’s speech, predicting that Pelosi would be the “the last speaker of the House to sit in that chair for a long time.”
“I think the American people see through it. They see through the pettiness, they see through the politics of all of it,” Pence said.
Pelosi has defended her action, saying she felt compelled to shred a “manifesto of mistruths.” She also accused Trump of staging a partisan “reality show” meant to boost his re-election — Trump added a dramatic flair with guests like a military family that he reunited, and a young girl in need of a scholarship — and criticized him for awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh, who recently shared his lung cancer diagnosis.
“I started to think there has to be something that clearly indicates to the American people that this is not the truth and he has shredded the truth in his speech, shredding the Constitution in his comments, [so] I shredded the address,” she said.
But Trump’s allies have called the stunt an admission of defeat to Trump and a “temper tantrum.” President Trump, riding high on his impeachment win, called it illegal: “Well I thought it was a terrible thing when she ripped up the speech. First of all, it’s an official document. You’re not allowed. It’s illegal what she did. She broke the law,” Trump said Friday.
Legal, illegal, it was terrible optics in an already terrible week for Democrats. Things aren’t going to get much better for them.