- - Wednesday, February 5, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s temper tantrum when she ripped up her autographed copy of President Trump’s State of the Union address was unbecoming for someone in the third most powerful position in Washington (“Pelosi rips up Trump’s State of the Union address,” Web, Feb. 4). None of the past 53 House speakers in history has ever resorted to such theatrics. Any guest of the president or member of Congress in attendance would have been more than happy to accept Mrs. Pelosi’s copy. She could have donated it to a museum or charity.

Just as bad were the several members of her Democratic House Caucus who either boycotted the event or walked out during the speech. Any of their respective constituents or one of Mr. Trump’s 62-plus-million “deplorable” voters would have loved a ringside seat to this historic event. Past Republican Speakers Newt Gingrich or Dennis Hastert, serving with President Clinton, John Boehner or Paul Ryan, serving with President Obama, along with members of their respective Republican caucuses, never would have destroyed a copy of the president’s speech or boycotted the event. I never believed that Democrats could be so partisan and childish. They reached a new low Tuesday night.


Great Neck, N.Y.

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