The bad blood between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reached a boiling point Tuesday night during the annual State of the Union address.
The event began with a presidential snub by Trump when he refused to shake the speaker’s extended hand and ended with Pelosi tearing up a printed copy of Trump’s speech.
Trump walked into the House chamber to raucous applause from GOP members and chants of “four more years” before handing Vice President Mike Pence and Pelosi copies of his remarks.
But when Pelosi reached out to offer Trump a welcome, the president turned his back on the woman who led his impeachment in the House of Representatives.
It was the first time Trump and Pelosi had seen each other since she stormed out of a White House meeting four months ago.
“Members of Congress, the President of the United States,” was all she said when introducing Trump.
Pelosi eschewed the speaker’s customary introduction of the president by not mentioning his name.
As he stood at the dais, Trump declared: “The state of our union is stronger than ever before.”
As Trump spoke on the topic, Democratic lawmakers — in “suffragette” white — stood and chanted “HR 3” in reference to a bill that would lower drug costs.
Several of them booed as well, including when Trump mentioned immigration reforms and bashed sanctuary cities.
Pelosi could be seen shaking her head at some of his remarks.
Some Democrats — such as liberal firebrand New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — boycotted the address in protest of Trump.
As Trump was ending his one hour and 18 minute speech, Pence stood up to lead the House chamber into applause.
But Pelosi grabbed her paper copy of the speech and — in full view of the television cameras — tore it in half.
She then grabbed more papers and ripped those up, too.
The White House responded with a statement saying Pelosi had just ripped up the stories of the guests Trump had mentioned and pointed to during his address, adding: “That’s her legacy.”
Asked by reporters why she’d torn up the paper, Pelosi said: “it was the courteous thing to do, considering the alternative.