House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promptly ripped President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech after he was done giving it. It was a petty move that did not go as well as she must have hoped it would judging by the response she has gotten thus far.
Democrats will never stop extending the hand of friendship to get the job done #ForThePeople. We will work to find common ground where we can, but will stand our ground where we cannot. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/ELJqR9q4xD— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 5, 2020
Pelosi herself has attempted to pretend that she is the one with the moral high ground by pretending she is the one who is extending the “hand of friendship.”
According to The Hill, Pelosi told her caucus in a back door meeting that she didn’t go there to tear the speech up, but did so impulse:
“I didn’t go in there to tear up the speech, and I didn’t even care that he didn’t shake my hand. In fact, who cares?” Pelosi told her caucus, according to sources in the room. “But I’m a speed reader, so … I went like this through the speech. So I knew that it was a pack of lies. I knew it was a pack of lies, but I thought, ‘Well, let’s see how it goes.’
Many have said that Pelosi's move has backfired because now the narrative is focused on her childish act instead of rebutting Trump's speech.
Here's Pelosi testing to see if she could rip the speech before the speech even started. She was planning to do it from the start. pic.twitter.com/1gEMlYrNB7— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) February 5, 2020