Tearing up the State of the Union - over a handshake?

On the office of the POTUS, protocol, Pelosi and moral equivalency in the mainstream media.

Gerald A. Honigman

OpEds Nancy Pelosi tears up Donald Trump's State of the Union speech
Nancy Pelosi tears up Donald Trump's State of the Union speech
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insulted The President by not introducing him as tradition demands.

"Members of Congress, the president of the United States," Pelosi said, introducing Trump in front of the joint session of Congress.

Previous House speakers have introduced the sitting commander in chief by saying they had the "high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the United States."

The President knew he he had been insulted. He cannot be blamed for not shaking the hand of the person who had just spit in his face. 

The media completely missed that moment, an insult to be followed by a much more grevous insult to the institution of the President of the United States at the end of the speech.

However, no sooner had Nancy Pelosi disrespected both the office of the President and the American people, the spin doctor mainstream media allies of the Democrat Party began equating President Trump’s not accepting Speaker of the House Pelosi’s handshake to Pelosi ripping up her copy of the State of the Union Address before numerous millions of people watching on television around the world

While the American State Department and many others are famous for such unacceptable moral equivalency claims as well, it’s the media which has brought moral equivalency to the level of an art form.


Having seen Pelosi viciously rip apart the accurate and effective State of the Union address, they immediately jumped at the opportunity to try to blame it on the President’s overlook-ing or possibly refusing to shake the incessantly plotting Pelosi’s hand.
Whatever the President’s real or alleged shortcomings may be, any reasonable observer cannot help but notice that the attempt to attack and get rid of Donald J. Trump began the day the Clinton team, whose Foundation has been the recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars from often questionable and controversial sources (including Russian, Arab, and Ukrainian), lost the election in 2016. 

As an NPA Independent who voted for Donkeys in the past, it’s no biased stretch to recount how Democrats tried every trick in the book to undo the Clinton loss. This is not to give all of Trump’s actions and words a free pass (as Republican friends of mine know I’ve not done), but to simply state that the double standards and hypocrisy that have become the Democrat modus operandi are unacceptable to reasonable minds. Exacerbating the problem is the media’s widespread collusion with it.

After the President made his entrance, before beginning his presentation, he handed two copies of the 2020 State of the Union address to the President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

For whatever reason, he shook the hands of neither one. We don’t know what he was thinking, but chances are he was focusing on his important speech to the American people, and was deeply aggravated (who wouldn’t be?) by the humiliating introduction and the Pelosi-led impeachment proceedings, officially still going on.  

Whether you like The Donald or not, what you see is what you get…

Unlike phony Nancy, extending a hand to the man she’s been trying to ruin since before he had a chance to do anything in office, it may very well be that Trump just couldn’t get himself to go that same route.  I know I couldn’t…. He’s a better man than me, that Gunga Din. I probably would have told her to drop dead, or said “ya gotta be kidding me,” on live tv.

But the real story is the obnoxious covering of these events in the mainstream media—from Right leaning Fox News (despite some of its Left-leaning commentators), to Uber Left pundits elsewhere.

Having seen Pelosi viciously rip apart the accurate and effective State of the Union address, they immediately jumped at the opportunity to try to blame it on the President’s inadvertently overlooking or possibly refusing to shake the incessantly plotting Pelosi’s hand.

The American people deserve better than this from its primary sources of information.

Remember: These are the same media shapers of opinion who routinely equate actions Israel is forced to take to protect its people from deliberate barbarism to those who delight in decapitating Jewish babies in their sleep, shooting pregnant mothers at point blank range, blowing up restaurants and buses, and other such acts of Arab "bravery" for which Israel’s allegedly moderate “peace (of the grave) partners” reward them and their families with millions of dollars in monthly stipends, with the highest amounts going to those who succeeded in murdering, rather than simply maiming, Israelis. In fact, I have been informed that the family of the terrorist who critically injured 17 year old Nahum Nevies in an August ramming attack- and was shot dead by a law officer passing by in his car - kept on contacting Arabic news sources to find out if the boy had died so they could claim a higher stipend. And the West calls the Palestiinian Authority leaders "moderates".




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