10 times political icon Nancy Pelosi stole the show

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yet again stole the show at President Donald Trump's third State of the Union address when, immediately following his speech, she tore up her copy.
  • The Democratic speaker has been exciting the internet for years with her fiery remarks, claps, points, and legendary gavel moves.
  • Time after time, in her mediagenic white suit, Pelosi upstages everyone in the room.
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Nancy Pelosi strikes again.

Immediately following President Donald Trump's third State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the Speaker of the House made it clear how she felt about the speech - by tearing her copy neatly in half.Advertisement

As Republicans cheered and Trump turned to exit the podium, Pelosi stood in the background, lips pursed, and tore through the president's words a few pages at a time.

Her defense?

"It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative," the California congresswoman said.
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But this is not the first time Pelosi's done something to ignite a roar of internet memes and controversy. Throughout her many years in politics, Pelosi's been quick to steal the show with her iconic suits and gavel-wagging ways.

Here are 10 times Pelosi stole the show.
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During a 2019 White House meeting, Pelosi was captured standing and pointing directly at Trump. The image became an instant sensation. After Trump mocked her for it, the House Speaker made it her cover image on Twitter.

During a 2019 White House meeting, Pelosi was captured standing and pointing directly at Trump. The image became an instant sensation. After Trump mocked her for it, the House Speaker made it her cover image on Twitter.

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Following a contentious meeting with the president in 2018, Pelosi was seen leaving the Oval Office in a striking red coat, stilettos, and sunglasses. The look exploded on the internet, and memes of Pelosi looking like a power icon quickly followed.

Following a contentious meeting with the president in 2018, Pelosi was seen leaving the Oval Office in a striking red coat, stilettos, and sunglasses. The look exploded on the internet, and memes of Pelosi looking like a power icon quickly followed.

Source: The New York Times

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During Trump's 2019 State of the Union address, Pelosi was seen sarcastically clapping her hands at him after he called for an end to "the politics of revenge."

During Trump's 2019 State of the Union address, Pelosi was seen sarcastically clapping her hands at him after he called for an end to "the politics of revenge."

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Moments before Nancy Pelosi made history as the first woman Speaker of the House in 2006, she was seen flexing her muscles in victory.

Moments before Nancy Pelosi made history as the first woman Speaker of the House in 2006, she was seen flexing her muscles in victory.

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Throughout her career as Speaker of the House, Pelosi's gavel has become a symbol of her power. In 2019, when she accepted the position again, she eagerly clutched the wooden prop.

Throughout her career as Speaker of the House, Pelosi's gavel has become a symbol of her power. In 2019, when she accepted the position again, she eagerly clutched the wooden prop.

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In the middle of the impeachment proceedings, a conservative reporter asked Pelosi if she "hated" Trump. Pelosi fired back with, "I don't hate anyone," explaining that her Catholic background makes her resent that question, and advised him not to mess with her "when it comes to words like that."

In the middle of the impeachment proceedings, a conservative reporter asked Pelosi if she "hated" Trump. Pelosi fired back with, "I don't hate anyone," explaining that her Catholic background makes her resent that question, and advised him not to mess with her "when it comes to words like that."

Source: Business Insider

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During the vote over whether to impeach Trump, Pelosi remained stoic and professional, despite roaring cheers from Democrats. When members of her party started celebrating the outcome, Pelosi glared and fiercely silenced them with her gavel.

During the vote over whether to impeach Trump, Pelosi remained stoic and professional, despite roaring cheers from Democrats. When members of her party started celebrating the outcome, Pelosi glared and fiercely silenced them with her gavel.

Source: The Guardian

In December, Pelosi shocked the world when she refused to hand over the articles of impeachment against Trump until Senate Republicans agree to a "fair" trial. She waited a month before transmitting them.

In December, Pelosi shocked the world when she refused to hand over the articles of impeachment against Trump until Senate Republicans agree to a "fair" trial. She waited a month before transmitting them.

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During Trump's third State of the Union address, Pelosi stood in solidarity with her fellow congresswomen by wearing white to pay homage to the women's suffrage movement.

During Trump's third State of the Union address, Pelosi stood in solidarity with her fellow congresswomen by wearing white to pay homage to the women's suffrage movement.

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In a remarkable moment of defiance, the speaker began ripping Trump's speech immediately following his third State of the Union address. Later, Pelosi defended her actions by citing the speech as a "manifesto of mistruths." "It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives," she said.

In a remarkable moment of defiance, the speaker began ripping Trump's speech immediately following his third State of the Union address. Later, Pelosi defended her actions by citing the speech as a "manifesto of mistruths." "It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives," she said.

Source: Business Insider

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