An elected official, who is responsible for maintaining order in the House of Congress, was accused of showing an unprecedented level of misconduct while publicly destroying copies of the president’s speech on Feb. 4.
Vice President Mike Pence accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of showing highly inappropriate behavior at the end of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address when she ripped up what was a hard copy of his speech.
“I think it was a new low,” the vice president told the “Fox and Friends.”
He felt particularly disturbed by the timing of the act since the president had just spent about 1.5 hours delivering a speech about the nation.
“It is clear the contrast here,” he said. “Nancy Pelosi, in the final moments, tried to make it about her and I think the American people see through it. I think they see through the pettiness, they see through the politics of all of it.”
The vice president did not see Pelosi ripping up the speech and believes there is every possibility it could have been an even more important document.
“I was not sure if she was ripping up the speech or ripping up the Constitution,” he said. “I did not see her do it. I found out just a few moments later.”
He is very concerned the House speaker’s actions will bring stronger voter backlash against Pelosi and other Democratic Party members at the next general election on Nov. 3.
“I just have a strong feeling that she [Pelosi] is going to be the last speaker of the House to sit in that chair for a long time,” he said.
The president continues to enjoy strong support among Republican voters who agree the nation has made significant economic achievements since the 2016 general election.
“I think what they got last night was a speech that lifted up the country, that celebrated the incredible progress we have made in our economy, rebuilding our military, [and] strengthening our courts,” Pence said. “The stories that the president told were American stories and I just know it was a great, great blessing to people all across America, and it is one of the reasons why you see the momentum growing behind this president [ahead of the election.]”
Voters also appear to approve of the president’s tough stance against socialism and left-wing policies, which Democrats expressed dissatisfaction with during his speech.
After reflecting on the incident, the vice president suspected Pelosi had always intended to destroy her copy of the speech as a display of rebellion.
“It felt like such an immediate moment,” he later said according to Fox News. “There’s always a basic decorum and a basic respect but to have her [Pelosi] stand up and tear up that speech really dishonored the moment and I really thought it was beneath the dignity of a joint session of Congress, and I think it will be remembered as such.”