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Republicans are furious that Nancy Pelosi ripped up Trump's State of the Union speech as soon as he stopped talking

Sarah Al-Arshani , Business Insider US
 Feb 05, 2020, 10:37 AM

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rips up pag
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rips up pages of the State of the Union speech after U.S. President Donald Trump finishes his State of the Union speech in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump delivers his third State of the Union to the nation the night before the U.S. Senate is set to vote in his impeachment trial. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped the transcript of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address after his speech.
  • It instantly became the most talked-about moment of the speech, which Trump had tried to make all about his success as president.
  • Republicans were furious that Pelosi stole the limelight, and attacked her on social media.
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Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, ripped up a transcript of President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address just as he finished delivering it. The gesture immediately stole the limelight from Trump's speech. When a reporter asked why she ripped the transcript, Pelosi responded with "It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative."

Trump's supporters reacted with fury online - here are some of the most notable responses.


The White House said that Pelosi had disrespected the people and issues raised in Trump's speech.


Charlie Kirk, the founder of the Turning Point USA group, joked that Pelosi should tear up the US Constitution instead. Donald Trump Jr retweeted the post.


Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham said that Pelosi can't "tear up the accomplishments of this President."


On similar lines, Indiana senator Mike Braun said Pelosi can't tear up the US economy, which Trump touted extensively in his speech.


Mike Huckabee took two stabs at making an outraged metaphor.

The Former Arkansas Governor first compared Pelosi to a TGI Friday's customer who wants to get drunk:

He then made a crude play on the word "ass":


Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's former press secretary, said Pelosi is "out of control."


A professor said Pelosi "obliterated decades of tradition."

Jonathan Turley teachers Constitutional Law at at George Washington University.

He was invited by Republicans to testify on impeachment in front to the House Judiciary Committee.


Mike Pompeo compared Pelosi to a sobbing Lisa Simpson — though he may not quite have realised what he was doing.

The image posted by the Secretary of State is from a 1991 episode of "The Simpsons" called "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington."

It depicts Lisa sobbing and tearing up an patriotic essay she wrote, after witnessing a member of Congress taking a bribe.

It is not clear whether Pompeo was aware of the context.

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