Here's Some Of The Biggest Moments From Trump's State Of The Union
The night had no shortage of wild moments, from Democrats chanting at Trump, to Rush Limbaugh getting a Medal of Freedom, to Pelosi ripping up Trump's speech.
President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address Tuesday night, on the eve of an impending vote in the Senate for his impeachment trial.
The address had no shortage of memorable moments, from Democrats chanting at Trump to Rush Limbaugh getting a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The most talked-about moment of the night happened immediately after Trump finished his address, when directly behind him, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can be seen ripping up her copy of Trump's speech. She later said she ripped it because it "was the courteous thing to do" and called it a "manifesto of mistruths." Watch below:
Right before the address began, Trump appeared to ignore Pelosi's attempt to shake his hand.
At another point in the night, Trump interrupted his address to award Rush Limbaugh the Medal of Freedom. Limbaugh is a right-wing radio host known for having racist and sexist views — he once called former President Barack Obama "the magic negro," coined the term "femi-Nazi" to describe feminists, and called a college student a "slut" and "prostitute" for discussing contraception. Limbaugh was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
First Lady Melania Trump presented him with the medal. Watch:
In another major moment, Fred Guttenberg, one of the parents who lost a child in the 2018 Parkland shooting, shouted at Trump after he brought up gun rights.
"I will always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms," Trump said.
Guttenberg then shouted, reportedly about gun violence victims like his daughter, Jaime. He was then removed from the room. Immediately following, #ImWithFred starting trending on Twitter.
.@fred_guttenberg lost his daughter in the Parkland shooting and has worked every day since to end gun violence.— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) February 5, 2020
Tonight he stood up to a president that believes peace and the second amendment are mutually exclusive and was removed.#ImWithFred pic.twitter.com/RprctMp2iE
Trump spent the majority of the night touting the efforts of his administration, though some were disputed and/or false.
He claimed more than once that he "will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions," but his administration is actively working against that as they attempt to overturn Obamacare and its protections for pre-existing conditions.
Trump also claimed that his administration is taking on big pharmaceutical companies — and then some Democrats stood up and chanted "HR3! HR3!" The HR3 bill aims to lower the price of prescription drugs. It was passed by the House but is expected to die in the Republican-controlled Senate.
At least 10 House Democrats skipped Trump's address, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Maxine Waters, and Ayanna Pressley. "I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump's lawless conduct," AOC tweeted.
After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump’s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 4, 2020
None of this is normal, and I will not legitimize it.
Consequently, I will not be attending the State of the Union.
Some even walked out during the address.
Here are some of the best reactions from inside the room: