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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants the video President Trump uploaded of her ripping his State of the Union address removed from social media.
According to CNBC, Pelosi directly appealed to Facebook and Twitter and asked them to have copies of Trump’s video of the incident removed.
Below is the video she wants removed:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020
Shortly after the video was uploaded, CNBC reports Pelosi’s deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill described the video as “fake” and said it was “deliberately designed to mislead and lie.”
“The latest fake video of Speaker Pelosi is deliberately designed to mislead and lie to the American people, and 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,” he said.
Nancy Pelosi is trying to get this video removed from Twitter/Facebook
She hates how it tells a compelling truth about her ripping the SOTU speech
She spit on the dreams of Americans
And she’d hate to see this video stay viral
RT to shame Pelosi!
— Rogan O’Handley 🇺🇸 (@DC_Draino) February 8, 2020
CNBC reports the comment drew a response from a Facebook spokesman who said it did not violate their terms of service:
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.”
Pelosi’s office was not the only one decrying the video as Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna described it as “misleading” and demanded it be taken down.
“Twitter must take this misleading video about Speaker Pelosi down now,” he tweeted. “Social media platforms are a place where people come for news & information. They need to have certain standards. Falsity has never been part of our 1st Amendment tradition.”
Where’s the falsity? He overlaid the sanctimonious “rip” (which you all celebrated btw) next to what she ripped up. Stories, many stories. It’s poetic in a weird way. This attempt by you to silence a video you don’t like is classic leftism. Grow up. Nancy did a stupid thing. https://t.co/V662kWhAIa
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) February 8, 2020
ABC News reports Pelosi doubled down on her decision to rip the speech during a press conference on Thursday.
In her remarks, she described the speech as “a manifesto of mistruths” and claimed Trump was “using the Congress of the United States as a backdrop for a reality show.”
“I saw the compilation of falsehoods,” Pelosi said at the presser, per ABC News. “I started to think, there has to be something that clearly indicates that this is not the truth. And he shredded the truth in his speech, shredded the Constitution in his conduct, so I shredded the ‘state of his mind’ address.”
“I have extended every possible courtesy. I’ve shown every level of respect,” she added. “I tell my members all the time — there’s no such thing as eternal animosity. There are eternal friendships, but you never know … everybody is a possible ally.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that instead of giving a State of the Union address, Pres. Trump used "the Congress of the United States as a backdrop for a reality show, presenting a state of mind that had no contact with reality whatsoever." https://t.co/bSLhhXNx46 pic.twitter.com/UUyEU7fIOg
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 6, 2020
Shortly after Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Trump remarked that Pelosi may have violated the law in ripping up his speech—a sentiment shared by Republican Congressman Mike Johnson.
Nancy Pelosi broke the law when she tore up the House's official copy of @realDonaldTrump's #SOTU address. It's just another example of the Left's total disregard for the rule of law, and they ought to be called out for it.
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) February 8, 2020
The Associated Press reports Pelosi tearing the transcript of the speech was not, in fact, illegal:
Legal experts say no laws were broken. They said it was not an original government document, but Pelosi’s copy of the speech.
Steven Aftergood, a records expert at the private Federation of American Scientists, said: “Legally, this is a non-issue. Pelosi was expressing contempt for the president’s speech, and her views are constitutionally protected.” He said her torn-up pieces of the speech might themselves be considered a new record of historical value.
Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard University, said Pelosi did not violate 18 U.S. Code Section 2071, the federal law defining the deliberate destruction of an official record that has been filed with a court or other government agency — a felony punishable by a prison term and by forfeiture of office.