House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s disastrous decision to shred a printed copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech drew widespread condemnation.
But now, the Democratic leader admits one of the event’s most heartwarming moments nearly stopped her from carrying out the stunt.
During a Saturday interview on CNN, Pelosi explained that her distaste of Trump’s speech overrode any reverence for a returning war hero, ultimately leading her to rip up a printed copy of the remarks on live television.
Pelosi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that she tore the speech up due to the number of alleged lies on it.
“I thought if I can find a page that doesn’t have a falsehood on it, I’ll spare it, but I couldn’t find that,” Pelosi explained.
When Army Sgt. 1st Class Townsend Williams shocked his attending family by revealing that he had returned from Afghanistan, Pelosi said she hesitated.
After all, the moment was downright magical.
Williams’ wife and young children were blown away and brought to tears by their returned soldier. The reunion made headlines, and quickly became an iconic moment in the address.
For Pelosi, the effect was fleeting.
“I almost did [find a page without a falsehood on it] when the soldier was coming home, that was so beautiful,” Pelosi said. “But get back to the bottom of the page and there [Trump] goes again.”
Watch Pelosi’s full comments below:
Author: Jared Harris
Source: Western Journal: Pelosi Reveals She Almost Didn’t Rip SOTU Speech Because of War Hero, But Trump Hatred Prevailed