Mike Pence accused Nancy Pelosi of planning to rip up the president’s State of the Union speech all along, an accusation the speaker’s office denied. But a canny observer caught what appears to be the Speaker actually practicing the moves under the table before the speech was over. Camera from behind the Speaker also shows the pages pre-ripped as Pelosi made her final move when the President’s speech was over. The vice president said on Fox & Friends yesterday morning that, “It felt like it,” when asked if the speaker had planned her move ahead of time. “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,” Pence said. A spokesperson for Pelosi said her ripping up the text of Donald Trump’s speech was not pre-planned. “The Vice President’s complicity in last night’s reality show is disgusting. He is in no position to lecture anyone about the Constitution, decorum or respect as he cheerleads the mistruths of his master,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told DailyMail.com.
Nancy Pelosi’s State Of The Union Stunt May Have Broken The Law, Rep. Matt Gaetz Says
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz filed an ethics complaint against Nancy Pelosi that said the House Speaker possibly violated numerous House rules — and maybe even broke the law — by tearing up a copy of President Trump’s State of the Union speech. The Florida legislator sent a letter to the House Committee on Ethics requesting they open an investigation and shared the missive on Twitter. Gaetz wrote that “Speaker Pelosi’s gesture was deeply offensive and appears to violate clauses 1 and 2 of House Rule XXIII,” which dictate the House’s official code of conduct. “Her behavior does not ‘reflect creditably on the House,’ nor does it follow the spirit and the letter of the Rules of the House.” Gaetz, in his letter, said Pelosi’s “unseemly behavior certainly warrants censure.” The lawmaker asked that after conducting the ethics probe, the committee make referrals to the Department of Justice “for further investigation and prosecution.” Pelosi, Gaetz alleges in the letter, “appears to be in violation” of a law that prohibits willfully destroying paper or documents “filed or deposited” in public office. “There is no question that Speaker Pelosi ‘mutilated, obliterated, or destroyed’ the copy of the President’s address provided to her at the beginning of the evening,” Gaetz wrote, quoting language from the law.