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Pelosi: Trump Looked Like He Was "A Little Sedated" At State Of The Union, He Looked That Way Last Year

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi admonished President Trump for using the House chamber as a "backdrop for him" when he delivered the State of the Union address on Tuesday. She called it a "state of his mind" address.

Pelosi said she feels "very liberated" right now and there is no such thing as "eternal animosity." However, Pelosi took a jab at the president for not shaking her hand after extending "the hand of friendship" as he passed the Speaker. She said the president looked "a little sedated," and that he looked like that last year also.

"So, again, I extended the hand of friendship to him, to welcome him as the president of the United States to the people's house," Pelosi said. "It was also an act of kindness, because he looked to me like he was a little sedated. He looked that way last year too. But he didn't want to shake hands. That was that."

"And he had shredded the truth in his speech. He's shredding the Constitution in his conduct. I shredded his state of his mind address," she explained.

Pelosi also shared Democrats believed when President Trump talked about someone with stage four cancer, they thought he would talk about John Lewis and not long-time radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. A disappointed Pelosi said Trump should do that in his "own office" and not the House of Representatives.

PELOSI: Now, all presidents have guests. Constant guests? That's was not a state of the union. That was a state--his state of mind. We want a state of the union, where are we, where are we going and the rest, not let me just show you how many guests I can draw and let me say how I can give a Medal of Honor. Do it in your own office. We don't come in your office and do congressional business. Why are you doing that here?

Quite frankly, when he started talking about someone with stage four can--all of that, I thought he was--I don't know which stage John Lewis's cancer is at, but when he started talking about someone with cancer, we thought he was going to talk about John Lewis, a hero in our country. Come on.


When asked if she would invite Trump back next year after bashing his speech, Pelosi said there will be another president giving the address.

Pelosi on ripping up Trump's State of the Union:

REPORTER: You often counsel your members to be dignified in their response to the president Take the high ground. Did you step on that message by tearing up his speech at the end?

SPEAKER PELOSI: No, I did not. No, I did not. I tore up a manifesto of mistruths. It's very hard for us to get you to talk about the issues that we are working on, HR3, infrastructure, and the rest. He misrepresented all of that. It was necessary to get the attention of the American people, to say this is not true and this is how it affects you.

And I don't need any lessons from anybody, especially the president of the United States, about dignity, dignity. Is it okay to start saying four more years in the House of Representatives? I mean, what is--it's just unheard of. It is unheard of for the president to insult people there who don't share his view as well as to misrepresent, present falsehoods--some would use the word lie, I don't like to use the word lie--about what he is saying? So, no, I think it was completely, entirely appropriate, and considering some of the other exuberances within me, the courteous thing to do.


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