Trump Rips Pelosi for Supposedly Mumbling Behind Him During SOTU, Says It Was 'Distracting,' Prompts 'Lock Her Up' Chant

During his campaign rally speech in Manchester, New Hampshire Monday night President Donald Trump claimed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was "mumbling" behind him as he delivered the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Pelosi, a Democrat who led the charge for impeachment proceedings against Trump, stood at the end of Trump's speech and ripped her copy of the State of the Union address in half.

"On Tuesday, I delivered my address on the State of the Union and I had somebody behind me who was mumbling terribly, mumbling," Trump told the New Hampshire crowd. "There was mumbling. Very distracting. Very distracting."

At this point the crowd began chanting "Lock her up," presumably referring to Pelosi.

"I'm speaking and a woman is mumbling terribly behind me, angry," Trump continued. "There was a little anger back there. We're the ones who should be angry, not them. We're the ones."

Pelosi explained her reaction to the president's speech by telling reporters tearing her copy of the address was "the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives."

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President Donald Trump claimed Monday during a campaign rally in New Hampshire that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was "mumbling" behind him at the State of the Union address, which he said was "very distracting." Alex Wong/Getty

At her weekly press conference Thursday, Pelosi said ripping up the speech made her feel "very liberated."

"It's appalling the things that he says," Pelosi said. "And then you say to me, 'Tearing up his falsehoods, isn't that the wrong message?' No, it isn't. I feel very liberated."

"I feel that I've extended every possible courtesy," Pelosi continued. "I've shown every level of respect."

Trump told reporters on Friday that Pelosi's act of destroying her copy of the address was against the law.

"I thought it was a terrible thing when she ripped up the speech," Trump said. "First of all, it's an official document. You're not allowed. It's illegal what she did. She broke the law."

Trump's claim has been disputed by multiple legal experts since Pelosi only destroyed her personal copy of Trump's address, not an official government document.

In the president's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in February after his acquittal, Trump appeared to be speaking about Pelosi when he said, "I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say, 'I pray for you,' when they know that's not so."

Trump may have been referring to remarks made by Pelosi in December 2019 when she told reporters, "I pray for the president all the time."

Pelosi reiterated her comments about keeping Trump in prayer after the National Prayer Breakfast. "I don't know if the president understands about prayer or people who do pray," she told reporters in February.

"But we do pray for the United States of America," Pelosi continued. "I pray for [Trump], President Bush still, President Obama. Because it's a heavy responsibility. And I pray hard for [Trump] because he's so off the track of our Constitution."