(TheFreedomFlag.com) – The State of the Union address is supposed to be the president’s annual chance to address the nation, uninterrupted, to give them an update on what’s going on in the nation. Admittedly, it has turned into much more of a political, partisan speech in recent years — with the president’s party cheering when he says something they like, and the opposite party staying silent.
But what happened Tuesday night at this year’s State of the Union address crossed the line into a realm of disrespect.
It’s no secret that President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi don’t like each other. They don’t agree with each other’s views, and they take public jabs at each other almost every day. The feud came to a head during the impeachment trial in the House that is about to wrap up today in the Senate.
When Trump handed a copy of his State of the Union speech to Pelosi before he spoke, he didn’t embrace her outstretched arms for a shake. Later in the night, as he concluded his speech, Pelosi tore the president’s speech in half as Vice President Mike Pence stood next to her in the normal seat for his position.
Pelosi’s actions were purposeful and rude. It was a move that may not have been planned, but certainly was done to make a statement to Trump — both directly and symbolically. Some have said that it meant Pelosi has no respect for Trump or that the words in his speech were lies.
After the speech, she issued this statement: “The manifesto of mistruths presented in page after page of the address tonight should be a call to action for everyone who expects truth from the President and policies worthy of his office and the American people.”
Pelosi certainly has the right to disagree with Trump’s speech — either in whole or in part — but her time to make a statement about it is not as the State of the Union speech is going on.
She and the opposite party have their chance to denounce the State of the Union speech and counter the points of the president on their own time after the speech is over. No matter how Pelosi feels about Trump, disrespecting one of the age-old traditions of the country is not the way to gain attention. She and her supporters would say Trump has done the same in many other ways, but two wrongs don’t make a right.
Here’s to hoping the partisan politics and fighting between two politicians stops so everyone can return to running America for the people.