So Nancy Pelosi had planned out her toddler-like rip stunt all along

After losing her House's bid to remove President Trump from office after the Senate vote, and facing next the miserable fallout for her party, Nancy Pelosi wanted to do something mean for the cameras, to Get Trump.

In response to the president's State of the Union speech that was reaching its final applause, it wasn't enough to leave the premises.  With the cameras still on, she ceremonially ripped the papers of the speech behind him, in order to draw applause lines from leftists.

According to Pelosi's media allies at NBC, she wanted you to believe that it all came in an impulsive moment of pique:

In what at least seemed like an impulsive, gut reaction, the speaker started ripping up the president's speech behind his back as he took his metaphorical (and later physical) victory lap.

Pelosi tore up the president's speech. Not once, not twice but three times. Actually, she did it a fourth time, leading some people to wonder if she had even ripped up the large envelope the speech came in. A source close to the speaker told CNN that the moment was an entirely spontaneous expression of anger.

This, as it turns out, was bee ess.

She planned the little rip and tear stunt well before the speech was even made.

From Fox News here, you can see the little pre-torn centers to ensure clean rips for the speech's conclusion, not a stray corner rip that might mess up the camera shot.

Video surfaced Wednesday appearing to show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, testing and pre-ripping paper during President Trump's State of the Union address before she would later rip it up at the end of his speech.

One of the most talked-about moments of the night on Tuesday was at the end of Trump's address, when Pelosi was seen ripping pages of the president's speech in half. When Fox News asked her afterward why she did it, she responded: "Because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives," adding: "I tore it up. I was trying to find one page with truth on it. I couldn't."

There has since been a debate about whether or not Pelosi had planned to rip the speech before she did it, or if it was an act of impulse. Video from the address, however, suggests it was premeditated.

It came after Pelosi got the insult ball rolling, failing to call Trump's entrance to the room a "a distinct privilege and high honor" as is normally done, and Trump decided that was enough to skip the handshake with her.

That the press went along with her "narrative" about the whole ripping stunt that followed being an act of impulse is why it's called "fake news."  It almost sounds as if she planned that phony narrative to go along with her insult, too.

Now she stands out as trashier and more deranged than ever.  Vice President Mike Pence, who got stuck sitting next to her as Trump made his speech, called Pelosi's toddler-like spoon toss "a new low."  After that, a supposedly contentious meeting followed between Pelosi and Trump, with Pelosi reportedly hollering about how Trump had turned the speech into "reality TV."  Speaking of reality TV...

Even Trump-hating Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus thought Pelosi had gone off the deep end:

All of which is to say, Pelosi is ahead on points. But on Tuesday night, she lost ground — first with her failure to include the ordinary salutation of respect for the office — "high privilege and distinct honor" — in introducing Trump; and then second, and more flagrantly, with her ostentatious ripping up of the State of the Union text, not once but twice, even as Trump was standing at the podium, basking in Republican cheers.

Trump "owned" her after that stupid stunt, Marcus wrote.

It was such an obnoxious act that it turns out there are laws against it.  Rep. Matt Gaetz filed an ethics charge against Pelosi for destroying House records, a lawless act, and will now force a vote:

House Judiciary Committee member Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said Wednesday he will be filing ethics charges against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over what he called her "temper tantrum" following President Trump's State of the Union address the previous evening.

Gaetz told Laura Ingraham on "The Ingraham Angle" that he will join two other Republicans and file the charges with the House Ethics Committee on Thursday. Reps. Lee Zeldin of New York and Kay Granger of Texas will join him, he said.

"[Pelosi] disgraced the House of Representatives, she embarrassed our country and she destroyed official records. The law does not allow the Speaker of the House to destroy the records of the House and the rules of the House do not permit some little temper tantrum just because you don't like what the president of the United States says," he said.

This is fitting for someone who has suddenly discovered a long-lost love for the Constitution.

The good part about this is that Pelosi won't be around for another go in 2021.  Trump will be re-elected, the Democrats will lose the House, and some sane Republican will replace her.  It will all happen in no small part because of this toddler-like Trump-deranged stunt.

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