Nancy Pelosi Embraces 'Patron Saint of Shade' Moniker, After Insisting She Wasn't Shading Trump During SOTU

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stole the show at last month's State of the Union (SOTU) address with her seemingly sarcastic clap towards President Donald Trump. But although the Democratic leader said the clap "wasn't sarcastic" after it went viral on social media as a meme, her new merchandise line seems to contradict her claim.

The image of Pelosi, eyebrow raised and clapping at Trump after he called for an end to "revenge politics," now features on T-shirts and tote bags for sale on her online store. The apparel also says "Patron Saint of Shade," in reference to the viral moment.

The T-shirt retails for $22 and the tote bag $25, with all purchases going directly towards Nancy Pelosi for Congress. "You're doing great, sweetie! Wear this as an ode to everyone's favorite shade-thrower," the T-shirt's description reads.

Days after the SOTU, Pelosi recreated the applause, which was widely perceived as condescending towards Trump, with singer Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom at the Los Angeles Convention Center during the MusiCares Person of the Year event honoring singer-songwriter Dolly Parton.

Pelosi, Perry and Bloom were captured in multiple photos in which they appeared to mimic the clap. Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi, was also seen smiling along the famous trio in one of the images.

During Trump's wide-ranging address on February 5 which lasted over 80 minutes, the president reiterated his demands for a wall on the southern U.S.-Mexico border, announced a second face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence sat behind Trump during his speech, and showed varying levels of enthusiasm for the president's sentiments. Photographers captured Pelosi at one point clapping with outstretched arms as Trump turned back to face her.

Shortly after the images were shared on social media, they went viral among Trump critics, who praised the House Speaker with the hashtag #PelosiClap. "Nancy Pelosi creates a new genre of Trump resistance: clap sarcasm," Slate tweeted.

Pelosi defended the clap, claiming it was merely a genuine attempt to encourage Trump after he decried the "politics of revenge, resistance and retribution" during his address. "It wasn't sarcastic," Pelosi told reporters. "Look at what I was applauding. I wanted him to know that it was very welcomed."

Pelosi For Congress did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence applaud President Donald Trump at the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol Building on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pelosi has recently begun selling t-shirts and tote bags featuring her viral SOTU clap at Trump. Getty/Chip Somodevilla
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