Conway: Pelosi Ripping Up SOTU Speech Shows How Petty, Peevish, Partisan Dems Are

By Melanie Arter | February 5, 2020 | 10:32am EST
(Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo credit by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

( - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tearing up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech demonstrates that the Democratic Party has devolved into a petty, peevish and partisan party, Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor to the president, told Fox News on Wednesday.

When asked what the president is saying as he sees the reaction that the public is seeing to his speech, Conway said, “The president knows the reaction came from the American public last night. I saw a CBS poll showing that independents overwhelmingly approved of his speech, and that makes sense, because independents by their very nature reject partisanship.”


Conway said that Trump was talking about “the great American comeback,” which includes people of all walks of life.”

“I think it's very disappointing for people to literally watch Democrats sitting on their hands, Nancy Pelosi shredding the memory of {Kayla] Mueller, shredding 100-year-old Tuskegee airman, shredding little two-year-old Ellie, who was born at 21 weeks and six days, and the list goes on and on, people sitting on their hands and rolling their eyes when a crying man with cancer was awarded the presidential medal of freedom,” she said, referring to talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

“I think it shows you how petty and peevish and partisan the Democratic Party has become, and for all the people out there who fancy themselves the armchair psychiatrist, trying to analyze certain people, gotta shift their craft over to Nancy Pelosi. What is wrong with her? Who mutters to themselves through a State of the Union?” Conway told “America’s Newsroom.” 

“She looked like she was reading the Cheesecake Factory menu all night going through every single page and then to -- I think that she should either be censured. I believe the same woman who led a resolution in the House to denounce a tweet last summer there ought to be a Senate resolution denouncing her behavior last night,” Conway said.

“Is that your feeling or the president's feeling this morning?” host Sandra Smith asked.

“You see where I am, and I will tell you that that's the feeling of many people who believe in the decorum of the United States Congress, the sanctity of the State of the Union,” Conway said. “I've been here from day one, and this is the fourth consecutive address to the nation the president delivered including the joint session back in ‘17. 

“For four consecutive years, the president has 90 to 120 minutes or so alone with the American people on their computer screens, in their living room, at their places of work, on their phones, in the radio, over the radio, and you know what he’s doing? He’s speaking to them unfiltered, uninterrupted and uninsulted by these people who criticize him all day long, and it’s worked for him every single time, because people get to hear what’s happening in their country. Otherwise, they don't get the information,” she said.

“For the fourth consecutive year, the content in the speech didn't leak ahead of time, and I'm very happy to say the guests have never leaked. Those guests in the first lady’s box, it’s a very fine process commanded by a very small group of us, and they should probably run everything around here, because the guests have never leaked,” Conway added.

When asked for the president’s reaction when he learned that Pelosi tore up his speech, Conway said, “That's typical her though. We've seen it here again and again. I’ve seen it in the Situation Room, saw it in the cabinet room twice. I saw it in another meeting. She has a temper tantrum and then she leaves, but now the country saw it. There’s no silly picture of her standing with the men around the cabinet.

“America saw an incorrigible child ripping up a presidential State of the Union that’s meant for the people. It’s meant to be delivered to the people,” she said.

“Then there was a moment before the speech when the president walked into the room and he was greeted by the vice president and the House speaker. She extended her hand to the president. He seemingly snubbed the handshake. He didn't shake the hand of the vice president, but we didn't see his hand extended. Was that purposeful on the part of the president?” Smith asked.

“I'm not even sure it was purposeful. I’m not sure he even noticed her or her extended hand, and honestly, who cares? She is one of the faces of impeachment. She wants to impeach this president on these specious articles. They’ve made fools of themselves,” Conway said.

“In less than 48 hours from Monday at 9:00 P.M. to when the caucus results were supposed to come in to Wednesday at 4:00 P.M., this president would have hit the trifecta. The other party, we have no idea who won the Iowa Caucus. They can’t run a caucus. They certainly can’t run a country,” she said.

“He delivers an unbelievable State of the Union to the nation and the world. Those guests, it’s the people's State of the Union representing the best of American optimism, and today he will be acquitted. And by the way, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump will forever be acquitted,” Conway added.       

When asked to comment on the state of the 2020 race, Conway said, “In Iowa, I think it tells you everything you need to know about the state of the Democratic Party, and we have no idea who their nominee will be, but you know what we got a preview of last night? How the two conventions will operate. 

“Donald Trump's convention will be the people's convention. The Democratic convention will be what you saw last night. It will be a four-day version of Nancy Pelosi ripping up the 100-year-old Tuskegee airman and Kayla Mueller's memory. It will be an anti-Trump victimology grievance fest. How do I know that? Because in Philadelphia in 2016 when they thought the Queen Bee would win, it was a victimology anti-grievance fest,” she said.

Conway also responded to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) response to Pelosi ripping up the SOTU address. 

He told a reporter, “Let's hope they didn't distract you from the lack of factual accuracy in the speech, the divisiveness of the speech and the blatant appeal to his base and very similar to his speeches in his rallies.”

“I want to push back on Leader Hoyer in this way,” Conway said. “They're upset that they are on the wrong side of the school choice scholarship for the young African American girl in Pennsylvania who now will have choices. Her parents have choices. They're on the wrong side of Elli, who was born at 21 weeks and 6 days. 

“They’re upset, because they're on the wrong side of the Tuskegee airman and his great grandson. They’re on the wrong side of reuniting a military family. That’s why they’re upset. They're on the wrong side of history. They’re on the wrong side of these issues that animate the American people,” she said.

Conway cited a new Gallup poll that showed 74 percent of people say they expect to be better off financially next year and that the president has a record high approval rating.

“You can’t impeach that,” she said.


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