Pelosi’s pettiness permeates the House Chamber during last week’s State of the Union address


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Camille Botello, News Editor

Even if you didn’t watch the State of the Union address last week, I’m sure somewhere between three and 14 GIFs of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tearing the president’s speech appeared on your Twitter feed. 

The night began with tension when she neglected to introduce President Trump with the customary “honor” and “privilege” that former speakers have always used. That tension only increased when he refused to shake her already outstretched hand as he took his place at the podium. 

Other highlights included first lady Melania Trump presenting Rush Limbaugh, a  controversial conservative radio show host, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Trump getting worked up about ‘stankchuary’ states.

Many people have shared feelings of outrage and frustration with both of the political giants on social media following the address, which has become a regular occurance in our political climate. 

Professionalism has reached an all-time low in the White House, infecting both political parties, and draining plenty of hope from voting Americans. Pelosi even reportedly said tearing the speech was “better than the alternative.” 

Yes, Pelosi threw a tantrum like a little kid by tearing his speech on national television, and yes, Trump was unnecessarily callous for someone who could barely read off his cue cards. This is the unfortunate reality of today’s politics, and sometimes, the only thing we can do is chuckle. 

But then go vote.

So if you’re like me and wasted an entire hour and 15 minutes of your life watching the State of the Union address, I hope you at least laughed.

Sure, Pelosi could have been more professional and less petty, but where’s the fun in that?