Pelosi’s Daughter Bashes SOTU Tantrum: ‘An Italian Grandma Move'
'I had no idea she was going to do that,' Christine Pelosi said
The daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Christine Pelosi, broke her silence after her mother ripped a copy of President Donald Trump's speech at the end of Tuesday's State of the Union address.
"I had no idea she was going to do that," Pelosi told "The Story" Thursday.
"In watching that, her reaction to that speech, I thought to myself, that's an 'Italian grandma move,'" Pelosi continued.
"I saw my grandmother do that years ago in her kitchen when there was a guest at my grandfather's house ... who was rude," Pelosi added.
"She picked up the person's plate without comment; we heard a crashing sound. She threw the plate away, sat down, and didn't say another word."
Earlier this week, Trump held up a copy of USA Today with the “Acquitted” headline, just feet from the House Speaker.
Pelosi, who is the author of "The Nancy Pelosi Way: Advice on Success, Leadership, and Politics From America's Most Powerful Woman," insisted her mother was reacting to a speech filled with things she "knew to be untrue."
But MacCallum asked if policy differences warranted such a dramatic reaction.
"There's always presidents that stand up there and talk about their policies, always people in the audience, including Speakers of the House of the opposite party, that don't agree ... they have different views on the way to fix healthcare in this country," Pelosi said.
"Doesn't mean that you rip up the speech," MacCallum replied.
MacCallum also asked Pelosi about her mother's previous statement saying Trump's impeachment would risk furthering the divide in the country.
He then highlighted the latest Gallup poll, which showed the highest approval ratings for the president since he was elected in 2016.
"It's more heavily weighted for Republicans now," Pelosi responded.
“He's #impeachedforever, no matter he says or whatever headlines he wants to carry around. You're impeached forever. You're never getting rid of that scar and history will always record that you were impeached for undermining the security of our country." #NancyPelosiROCKS pic.twitter.com/kbOe2ZHtPh— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) February 6, 2020
"And [for] the people that decided to go through with impeachment, it's not about the polls, it's about the truth, this is about finding the truth, and this is about making sure that we say Article II [of the Constitution] constrains the president. Doesn't mean he can do whatever he wants."
But Pelosi maintained her support for mothers' decision to impeach Trump, adding that the public will render the ultimate verdict in November.
"It's not a mistake to stand up for America."It's not a mistake to stand up for the truth ...," she said.
"Point is, whether it is or isn't, the most important poll will be on Election Day in November."
Earlier this week, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) called on Nancy Pelosi to be censured for her public tantrum.
“As Speaker of the House for four State of the Unions by a President of the other party, I am disgusted and insulted by the viciously partisan action of Nancy Pelosi tearing up the speech,” Gingrich wrote.
“She isn’t clever or cute; her childishness insults our American traditions -should be censured."