House Speaker Nancy Pelosi privately told Democrats on Wednesday that President Trump’s State of the Union address was a “pack of lies” and she felt “very liberated” ripping up the pages of his speech on national television.
The California Democrat, in a dramatic gesture after Trump finished speaking Tuesday evening, shredded a copy of his words while standing on the dais behind him. On Wednesday morning, a visibly irritated Pelosi told her colleagues in a closed-door meeting that she was looking for “one page I could spare that didn’t have a lie on it” and couldn’t find it — and she had no regrets about what she did.
“He disrespected the chamber he was in . . . to use it as a backdrop for a reality show . . . to give a speech that had no connection with reality,” she said. “It was a pack of lies . . . About a quarter through it I thought, ‘You know — he’s selling a bill of goods like a snake oil salesman.’ We cannot let this — we cannot let this stand.”
Multiple Democratic officials in the room described her comments, speaking on condition of anonymity to talk frankly.