Jeers, cheers and a protest but Trump’s prospects are improving all the time

His speech lasted an hour and eighteen minutes, but nothing Donald Trump said will live as long in the memory as the silent gesture behind his back.

When Nancy Pelosi ostentatiously ripped up her copy of the president’s State of the Union speech it epitomised the ever deepening divisions in American politics.

Was it premeditated or a response to the partisan atmosphere inside the chamber?

Nancy Pelosi tears up a copy of President Trump's State of the Union address
Image:Nancy Pelosi said ripping up the speech was ‘the courteous thing to do’

When asked by reporters why she’d done it, she said: “It was the courteous thing to do, considering the alternative.”

Only if the alternative was to beat him over the head with it.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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