House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shocked the world when she conspicuously ripped up her copy of Donald Trump’s State of the Union address during his final remarks on Tuesday.
George Washington Law Professor Jonathan Turley responded on Wednesday that Pelosi’s “profoundly inappropriate” conduct is a sign that she should resign her position as Speaker of the House.
The extent of the animus between Trump and Pelosi is no secret, but the Democratic lawmaker took it to the next level during the SOTU.
Turley pointed out in an op-ed published on The Hill that Pelosi eschewed the traditional introduction: “Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the United States,” in favor of a much less cordial greeting: “Members of Congress, the president of the United States.”
Turley remarked, “It was extremely petty and profoundly inappropriate,” and went on to posit that “Pelosi has demolished decades of tradition with this poorly considered moment.”
Pelosi is facing severe backlash from both sides of the aisle for her decision to openly display her disgust for Trump during the speech. Turley declared:
Notably, she did not wait to rip up her copy of the speech until after she left the House floor. Pelosi wanted to do it in front of the cameras, at the end of the address with the president still in the chamber.
That act was more important to Pelosi than preserving the tradition of her office. In doing so, she forfeited the right to occupy that office. If Pelosi cannot maintain the dignity and neutrality of her office at the State of the Union, she should resign as the speaker of the House of Representatives.