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February 05, 2020

     A great speech while Pelosi and Dems acted foolishly. Trump takes on ‘radical left’ in defiant State of the Union address; Pelosi rips up speech  President Trump went on the offensive against socialism and left-wing policies during a defiant third State of the Union address to Congress Tuesday night -- drawing groans from Democrats in attendance and prompting a furious House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to rip up her copy of Trump's speech as soon as it concluded in a stunning scene.

     Asked about the moment by Fox News afterward, Pelosi said she had destroyed the speech “because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.” She also said she was "trying to find one page with truth on it" but "couldn't." The White House responded almost immediately by referencing several of the guests of honor whom Trump had introduced during the State of the Union address.

     "Speaker Pelosi just ripped up: One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen. The survival of a child born at 21 weeks. The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller. A service member's reunion with his family," the White House said in a tweet. "That's her legacy." The flareup was a harsh reminder of the partisan discord pervading the halls of Congress, even as Trump in his speech all but ignored the historic impeachment drama that flanked this year's address -- a fight virtually certain to end with Trump's acquittal at his Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a key swing vote in Trump's impeachment trial, announced Tuesday she would vote to acquit on both articles of impeachment.

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