In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said that she had not intended beforehand to rip up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, but that it was a “terrible” speech and she thought it would grab people’s attention.
“I had no intention of doing that when we went to the State of the Union,” adding that as she read ahead, she realized that almost every page had something in it that was “objectionable” and that led her to the decision to rip up the speech afterward.
“One of my disappointments is that is the fact that all we have done legislatively, whether it’s equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, gun violence protection, issues that relate to our children, the list goes on, climate action now, we have very little press on it. And it seems if you want to get press, you have to get attention. So I thought, well, let’s get attention on the fact that what he [Trump] said today was not true.”
Amanpour also asked Pelosi about the impeachment trial and how the president seems “liberated” after his acquittal, to which she said that he wasn’t acquitted because without witnesses and documents you can’t have a trial, so, therefore, no acquittal despite what the headlines say. She added that he is “impeached forever.”
Pelosi certainly received attention for her speech ripping stunt — most of it negative and it became the basis of a Trump video that her office complained about but could not stop from going viral.