Pelosi can be seen grabbing the papers from the table at the same time Trump was introducing Radio host Rush Limbaugh, who later received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The video and photos show her making the small tears before placing the pages back on the table.
Here's Pelosi testing to see if she could rip the speech before the speech even started. She was planning to do it from the start. pic.twitter.com/1gEMlYrNB7— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) February 5, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence, who was seated next to the California Democrat, told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday that it felt like she’d planned to rip the speech because “it felt like such an immediate moment.” Vice President also called ripping up Trump's SOTU speech “a new low,” adding that he wasn’t sure if she was ripping up the speech or ripping up the Constitution.