LAURIE KELLMAN and LISA MASCARO
WASHINGTON (AP) — And then she tore up the speech.
No sooner had President Donald Trump finished his State of the Union address than House Speaker Pelosi ripped the paper it was printed on in two.
Right there, on camera, behind Trump's back. As he stepped down, she ripped again. Then a third time. And a fourth. If Trump knew about the American carnage going on behind him, he didn't react as he left. But Pelosi was on her turf, with a deep understanding of her audience — and she wasn't finished. In case any confusion remained, Pelosi she held up what remained of the address to her family in the gallery, in full view of reporters.
"It was the courteous thing to do," Pelosi told reporters afterward, "considering the alternative."