House Speaker Kevin McCarthy responded to suggestions that he should rip up President Biden’s State of the Union speech like his predecessor Nancy Pelosi did when Trump was in office.
Conservative podcaster Graham Allen and author Brigitte Gabriel McCarthy was encouraged to tear up the speech as a precedent was being set.
A few others on social media offered similar advice.
The California Republican noted that “a lot of people are asking” if she will cut her speech copy like Pelosi did three years ago.
Former President Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka even joked during the speech about McCarthy possibly floating a Chinese ‘balloon’.
Remember Nancy tearing up President Trump’s SOTU speech?
I got an idea for Kevin McCarthy
It involves a balloon
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) February 6, 2023
RELATED: Outrage After ‘Classless’ Nancy Pelosi Ripped Up Trump’s SOTU Speech And Took It Away
Will Kevin McCarthy tear up the State of the Union speech?
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Despite pressure from Biden’s critics, Speaker McCarthy posted a video explaining that he would not eschew decorum and civility like Nancy Pelosi.
“I don’t believe in the theatrics of tearing up speeches,” McCarthy expressed. “I respect the other side, I can disagree on principle.”
“But I want to ensure that this country is strong, economically strong, energy independent, secure and accountable,” he added.
A lot of people are asking if I plan on ripping off President Biden’s speech tonight. Here is my answer: pic.twitter.com/WRlAlYgCbs
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) February 7, 2023
Pelosi, who was House Speaker in 2020, famously ended Trump’s State of the Union address that year by tearing up her copy and throwing it away, sparking cries of outrage and classlessness.
When asked why she did it, Pelosi replied: “Because it was polite to do it considering the alternatives. I tore it up. I was trying to find a page with the truth on it. I couldn’t.”
@Speaker Pelosi A stigma detaches @realDonaldTrumpof #sold Speech and throw it away.#SOTU2020 pic.twitter.com/jYbcldYSNc
— Rusty 🎙️ (@rustyweiss74) February 5, 2020
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What was in the State of the Union speech that made Pelosi tear it up?
As you can imagine, former President Trump’s State of the Union speech likely angered Pelosi because it was rich in pro-American content.
Then-Vice-President Mike Pence argued that Trump made all the speeches about America while Pelosi “tried to make it about her.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on why she tore up President Trump’s speech: “Because it was polite to do so given the options.” pic.twitter.com/nYTjAZAwGo
— Jason Donner (@jason_donner) February 5, 2020
Pelosi’s behavior is proven to be even more trashy when one looks at the pages of issues she was dismissing and disparaging.
The speech mentioned and warned about the threat of the coronavirus and how the Trump administration is working to protect the health of the American people. Perhaps if Pelosi had paid attention, congressional Democrats would have had a better response to the pandemic.
What else was in the speech that Pelosi literally ripped apart?
- Trump Honors Last Surviving Tuskegee Airman
- A fourth grader who received a scholarship to attend the school of his choice.
- The family of a soldier killed by Iranian terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani.
- and the Williams family from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, who reunited during the speech with Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams who was serving on his fourth deployment.
the president @realDonaldTrump A Fort Bragg soldier who served in Afghanistan reunited with his wife and two young children at the 2020 State of the Union address Tuesday night.
The audience gave the family a standing ovation.https://t.co/k48MN3UyiX pic.twitter.com/XgLAwzr5TZ
— KUSI News (@KUSINews) February 5, 2020
Pelosi did not find “one page” to treat Trump’s speech with respect.
Look, we don’t expect McCarthy to go out there and act like a baby like Pelosi. We’re just saying, If he didWe’d be totally fine with that.
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