Just before Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address tonight, he refused to shake hands with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Immediately after the speech was over, Pelosi took her printed copy of the speech and promptly began ripping it to pieces. Why did she do it? What was her intended statement, beyond the obvious?
It turns out you don’t have to wonder, because Speaker Pelosi ended up leaving no doubt. After the whole thing was over, Fox News asked her why she ripped up the speech. Pelosi’s response: “Because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.”
That says it all, doesn’t it? Donald Trump speech was a bunch of lying, toxic garbage. The speech belongs in the garbage, though we’re sure Nancy Pelosi made a point of recycling the paper afterward. In any case, Pelosi is making clear that she’s willing to bait Trump into playing by her rules.
If tonight’s prevailing narrative is that he refused to shake her hand and she ripped up his speech, then it’ll mean the things Trump tried to advance in his speech won’t get covered. And she doesn’t have to care if she looks presidential, because she’s not running for president. Advantage Pelosi.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report