- Nancy Pelosi reigned over social media in the hours after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night.
- The annual address began with a snubbed handshake, featured a break with congressional tradition, and ended with a ripped-up speech.
- Pelosi has gone viral with numerous memes and hashtags both praising and criticising her actions.
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President Donald Trump gave his third State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, but it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who dominated the conversation afterward, sparking an assortment of hashtags and memes on social media.
The morning after Trump’s annual address – which began with his denying Pelosi a handshake and ended with the president applauding for himself while she tore up a copy of his speech – the House speaker was making waves across Twitter. Hashtags including #NancytheRipper, #NancyPelosiROCKS, #nancyisabadass, #PelosiTantrum, #PettyPelosi, and #PelosiDisgrace had gone viral.
Pelosi also received attention by breaking with congressional tradition and introducing Trump solely as “the president of the United States.” In the past, House speakers had introduced the sitting commander in chief at such events by saying they had the “high privilege and distinct honour of presenting to you the president of the United States.”
In a statement issued on the heels of the State of the Union address, she added: “The manifesto of mistruths presented in page after page of the address tonight should be a call to action for everyone who expects truth from the President and policies worthy of his office and the American people. The American people expect and deserve a President to have integrity and respect for the aspirations for their children.”
Reporters who approached Pelosi as she departed Capitol Hill asked whether she would invite Trump to another State of the Union address. She replied: “Hopefully not. I’m expecting another president. Nine months from today.”
Some social-media users gave Pelosi kudos for her gumption. The novelist Greg Olear tweeted that she reserved the right to rip up as many speeches as she liked after acting “as the bulwark between our republic & a Trumpist descent into despotism.” Elena Hung, a cofounder of the advocacy group Little Lobbyists, asked those who jumped to Trump’s defence why they were “angry about someone ripping up a piece of paper but not about someone ripping health care away from disabled people and ripping migrant children away from their families.” Others accused Republicans of effectively shredding the Constitution during Trump’s impeachment trial and focusing their angst on Pelosi.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 5, 2020
Me ripping up the study guide after failing the test: pic.twitter.com/HVPXObzpGG
— Josh Silverman (@JoshMSilverman) February 5, 2020
stunt queen. https://t.co/oAWGrhJRJa
— Eliel Cruz (@elielcruz) February 5, 2020
When Columbia House sent me a bill after I got 12 CDs for a penny:
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 5, 2020
Jean Valjean is nothing now!
Another story must begin! pic.twitter.com/fIm3hBvjv7
— MKB (@MatthewKBegbie) February 5, 2020
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) February 5, 2020
— Lindsey Gregory (@lucylu2608) February 5, 2020
— Rebecca Pattillo ????️???? (@life_of_sources) February 5, 2020
Others weren’t tickled by Pelosi’s act of resistance. Republican State Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York was among those who said Pelosi just upped Trump’s chances at reelection, arguing, “Nothing says four more years” quite like Pelosi “throwing a temper tantrum at the end of a dynamic” speech. Others deemed her “classless,” “petty,” and “a disgrace to women.”
Disappointed to see @SpeakerPelosi rip up the speech that mentioned lives we’ve lost and heroes we celebrated at the SOTU. No matter how you feel or what you disagree with, remember others are watching. This was unbecoming of someone at her level in office.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 5, 2020
Nancy Pelosi destroyed a historical record tonight at #SOTU
The speech she ripped up was a one-of-a-kind record, signed by POTUS and full of stories of Bravery, Heroism and Patriotism. It belonged to the AMERICAN PEOPLE, not to her. What a disgusting display of raw partisanship! pic.twitter.com/CRXHPE6vdm
— Dan Scavino???????????? (@DanScavino) February 5, 2020
#NancyPelosiIsADisgrace. Ripping up the a copy of the State of the Union address to the American people was not only shameful but made her look like a complete disgrace in front of all the citizens watching. https://t.co/0a7ho45W8z
— Jessie James Michael Vrooman (@Jessiejames_vro) February 5, 2020
When Trump tried to pass #DACA, this is what he got from democrats.
When Trump tried to do anything good for America, this is what he got from democrats.
Remember that in #2020.
— Tim Donnelly (@PatriotNotPol) February 5, 2020
#PettyPelosi symbolically rips up America’s greatness. Why does she lead Democrats to hate the American people & the amazing prosperity and strength of our great nation? Why do Democrats follow? #ToreLoser #NancyTantrum #VoteRepublican https://t.co/lBiutfDbxp
— Dr. Kelli Ward ???????? (@kelliwardaz) February 5, 2020
— Lisa (@LisaMProper) February 5, 2020
This isn’t the first time Pelosi has shot to viral fame. The internet had some fun with the way she clapped after Trump’s State of the Union address in 2019.
Here’s that applause you so desperately need, boo. pic.twitter.com/cdt6tTQ4nf
— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) February 6, 2019
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) February 6, 2019
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