Two DEMOCRATS confront Nancy Pelosi over her ripping of Donald Trump’s speech, telling speaker it was ‘disrespectful’ and ‘inappropriate’
Two freshman House Democrats confronted Nancy Pelosi on Thursday over her ripping up the text of President Trump‘s State of the Union address, telling the speaker her actions were ‘inappropriate’ and ‘disrespectful.’
Reps. Joe Cunningham of South Carolina and Ben McAdams of Utah confronted Pelosi on the House floor when lawmakers were voting on a Republican resolution that expressed disapproval of the speaker’s tearing up the president’s remarks.
Democrats easily defended the GOP effort to publicly chastise Pelosi, voting to table the resolution 224 to 193.
It’s unusual for freshmen members of Congress to criticize the leader of their party. But McAdams and Cunningham come from more red-leaning districts. Neither lawmaker voted for Pelosi for speaker when she ran in January of last year.
McAdams told The Washington Post he told the speaker her move ‘was inappropriate and that we deserve better than that.’
‘I thought it was disrespectful,’ he said. ‘I found things that I agreed with and things that I didn’t agree with in the president’s speech, but I thought that that was beneath us.’
Cunningham said he found ‘some blame on both sides’ for the partisanship on display at Tuesday’s address.
Republicans shouted ‘four more years’ when President Trump came into the House chamber to give his address – a chant heard more often at campaign rallies than in the halls the Congress.
‘Look, I disapprove of the president snubbing her handshake. I disapprove of her tearing up the speech,’ Cunningham said. ‘I didn’t come up here to to amplify it or fan those flames. I came here to extinguish them.’
Pelosi continued criticism of the president’s State of the Union address on Thursday, calling it a ‘reality show’ instead of a national address and explaining her decision to rip up her copy.
‘I tore up a manifesto of mistruths,’ Pelosi said of her move.
‘And I don’t need any lessons from anybody – especially the President of the United States – about dignity,’ Pelosi continued.
‘Is it Ok to start saying, ‘Four more years’ in the House of Representatives?’ she questioned, referencing the Republicans’ chant.
‘It’s just unheard of,’ she lamented. ‘Is it unheard of for the president to insult people there who don’t share his view, as well as to misrepresent – present falsehoods… So, no. I think it was completely, entirely appropriate. And considering some of the other exuberances within me, the courteous thing to do.’
The extraordinary clash between the two started when with Trump snubbed Pelosi’s outstretched hand after he came into the House chamber Tuesday night to give his annual speech.
Trump handed Pelosi a copy of his speech when he reached the speaker’s dais – the same place she presided over his impeachment vote two months ago – but simply turned away as the Speaker took her copy of his speech, then stood in front of a chamber which echoed with cries of ‘four more years’ from Republicans – and where Democrats sat stone-faced.
Pelosi was visibly taken aback after Trump turned away from her offer.
Source: Daily mail