In an interview with CNN at the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday, Feb. 15, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended her decision to rip up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, saying she wanted to “get attention” from the press.
Pelosi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that “it wasn’t a planned thing” until she “realized that almost every page had something in it that was objectionable.”
“One of my disappointments is the fact that with all that we have done legislatively, whether its equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, gun violence protection, issues that relate to our children, the list goes on, climate action now. We have very little press on it. And it seems if you want to get press, you have to get attention. I thought, well, let’s get attention on the fact that what he said here today was not true,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi’s dramatic move ignited outrage from Republicans who criticized it as being disrespectful and a “breach of decorum.” They stressed that Pelosi in ripping up the speech was also ripping up the stories of Americans that the president highlighted in the address, including stories of a Tuskegee airman, Americans killed in combat and a military family being reunited.
Pelosi went on in her interview to claim that President Trump wasn’t acquitted of the impeachment charges against him because he didn’t have a proper trial with witnesses.
Pelosi also said that she “can’t even envision a situation” where the president would be re-elected and urged Democrats to get more unified in their efforts to oust him.
“We have to have our own vision for the future, but everybody knows that we must be unified in making sure that he doesn’t have a second term,” she said.
Following the fallout of impeachment, Pelosi hosted a special speaker’s meeting on Tuesday with a top Obama-era economics adviser to explain to Democrats why the economy isn’t actually as strong as President Trump is claiming and how they can use that ahead of the November election, according to Politico.
“In a series of private meetings this week, Pelosi has all but explicitly told her members that with the election just nine months away, it’s time for Democrats to shift the spotlight away from the Ukraine scandal and other controversies ensnaring Trump,” wrote the press.
Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in an appearance on “America’s Newsroom” said he was surprised by the report because of the Trump administration’s economic successes, adding that Pelosi is “whacked” if she thinks the economy is the way to go after the president.
“Anybody who thinks tearing up the State of the Union is clever I think is really deeply out of touch with reality and this new attack on the economy will be the same,” Gingrich said.