When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up the President Donald Trump’s speech at the end of his State of the Union address, she claimed that she ripped it up because it was full of lies.
But it wasn’t full of lies. It was full of positive things and the stories of Americans. That’s what and who she ripped up in that moment because it was more important to throw a temper tantrum against Trump than it was to be conscious of acting properly on behalf the American people.
Trump made the point that it wasn’t lies by posting the stories of the people on his Twitter feed that Pelosi had rejected with her actions.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020
It immediately went viral and now has more than 5 million views.
That infuriated Pelosi’s staff and Democrats who demanded that the video be taken down claiming it was “misleading.”
From The Hill:
Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, on Friday said the “latest fake video of Speaker Pelosi is deliberately designed to mislead and lie to the American people.”
“The American people know that the President has no qualms about lying to them — but it is a shame to see Twitter and Facebook, sources of news for millions, do the same,” Hammill said on Friday. “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.”
Hammill said Pelosi’s office has asked both Twitter and Facebook to take down the video.
Democratic members of Congress also called for it to be taken down. Facebook refused saying it didn’t violate their standards, according to The Hill. So Democrats are going after it on Twitter.
“This video is clearly another deceptive effort by @realDonaldTrump to mislead and manipulate the American people,” tweeted Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas). “[email protected] [Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey], show your commitment to cut down on the misinformation corroding our nation and take down this fake video.”
“Hey @Twitter, this video is clearly edited in a way that’s intended to mislead viewers,” tweeted Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who runs House Democrats’ messaging arm. “You should take it down.”
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who represents Silicon Valley and is a close Pelosi ally, tweeted, “[email protected] must take this misleading video about @SpeakerPelosi down now. Social media platforms are a place where people come for news & information. They need to have certain standards.”
Of course Pelosi did rip the speech at the end of the address, so no, it isn’t a lie, it just wasn’t after each story. Maybe she and the other Democrats should have been more upset about how they treated the stories of these Americans? She and the other Democrats don’t want other Americans to know about her actions.
Both Facebook and Twitter refused to take it down. Facebook said it didn’t violate their policies.
Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman, replied to Hammill on Twitter: “Sorry, are you suggesting the President didn’t make those remarks and the Speaker didn’t rip the speech?”
Hammill fired back: “What planet are you living on? This is deceptively altered. Take it down.”
In the end, both Facebook and Twitter declined to remove the Trump campaign post, citing corporate policies.
Facebook’s Stone told CNBC, “I can confirm for you that the video doesn’t violate our policies.”
Stone said the company’s policies against altered video specifically refer to video that has been edited to make it appear a person said something they didn’t say or did something they didn’t do.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said, “If Nancy Pelosi fears images of her ripping up the speech, perhaps she shouldn’t have ripped up the speech.”