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Pence Blasts Pelosi Over Ripgate: 'A New Low'


Pence described the gesture as “a new low” during an interview on “Fox and Friends.”

“It’s clear the contrast here was a president who spent an hour and a half making the speech about America, and Nancy Pelosi, in the final moments, tried to make it about her,” the vice president said. “And I think the American people see through it. I think they see through the pettiness, they see through the politics of all of it.”

Pence predicted that Pelosi is “going be the last speaker of the House to sit in that chair for a long time.”

“To have her stand up and tear up that speech really dishonored the moment,” he said. “And I really thought it was beneath the dignity of a joint session of Congress and I think it’ll be remembered as such.”

Shortly after Trump’s State of the Union address concluded, Pelosi told NBC News she had ripped up the speech “because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative.”

Watch Pence below:

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