Democrats Ask Twitter, Facebook to Remove Trump's Doctored Clip of Pelosi: 'Deceptive Effort to Mislead and Manipulate'

Democrats have asked Facebook and Twitter to remove a video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, edited to make it appear she is "ripping up" President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech during key moments.

The video titled, "Powerful American Stories Ripped to Shreds by Nancy Pelosi," is set to dramatic music and features selected moments from the Tuesday address repeatedly intercut with a brief clip of Pelosi tearing the speech, which she actually tore when Trump had finished. Several Democratic lawmakers took to social media to condemn the video after it was shared by Trump and several prominent Republican figures.

"This video is clearly another deceptive effort by @realDonaldTrump to mislead and manipulate the American people," tweeted Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) Friday.

"Hey @jack, show your commitment to cut down on the misinformation corroding our nation and take down this fake video," she continued, referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Other Democratic politicians and leaders followed suit, all urging the social media platforms to take down the altered video. However, both Facebook and Twitter have declined requests to remove the video, insisting it does not violate their policies. Requests to remove an earlier doctored video of Pelosi, slowed down to make it appear as though she was slurring her speech, were also denied in May 2019.

"The latest fake video of Speaker Pelosi is deliberately designed to mislead and lie to the American people, and every day that these platforms refuse to take it down is another reminder that they care more about their shareholders' interests than the public's interests," tweeted Pelosi's Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill.

The video is altered to show Pelosi ripping up her copy of the speech while Trump was taking credit for statistics concerning the economy and minority groups. The edits also suggest that she ripped up the personal stories of a Tuskegee Airman joined by his grandson, a Gold Star Family, the surprise reunion of an Army family and the controversial awarding of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tears up a copy of President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech as the event concluded on February 4, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump Jr. shared the video on Wednesday, along with text boasting that Republicans had "shredded her impeachment," referring to Pelosi. Newsweek contacted Pelosi's office for comment about the video and the tweet but did not receive a response.

The State of the Union speech featured several tense moments, coming one day before Trump's Senate impeachment trial ended in acquittal. The president appeared to snub Pelosi by ignoring her offer of a handshake before the speech. The House speaker's tearing of the speech quickly enraged conservatives, with many, including Trump, falsely claiming that her action "broke the law."

Pelosi reportedly explained her ripping of the speech during a closed-door meeting with House Democrats the following morning, saying Trump's address was a "disgrace" and insisting "he shredded the truth, so I shredded his speech," according to Politico.