The day after Trump’s State of the Union address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) clap went viral, as it appeared to be more of an act of condescension rather than genuine applause for the president.
Now, Pelosi’s State of the Union hand clap has gone viral again after she recreated it while attending an event on Friday alongside Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom.
The three were at the Los Angeles Convention Center to watch Dolly Parton being honored by MusiCares with its person of the year award. Pelosi and Perry are seen in a picture recreating the signature hand clap.
Pelosi’s husband is also seen laughing alongside the women.
Many people referred to Speaker Pelosi’s Tuesday night applause as a “sarcastic clap” directed at Trump. However, she told reporters on Wednesday:
‘It wasn’t sarcastic.’
‘I wanted him to know that was a very welcome message.’
Twitter had a few things to say about it too:
Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, tweeted that her mother’s SOTU hand clap was something she had seen before, saying it reminded her of her teenage years.
‘Throughout the speech, Pelosi limited her reactions to subtle eye rolls or pursed lips and occasionally shook her head as the president spoke. But for the most part, the veteran Democrat remained cordial, despite being involved in a contentious standoff with the president over the border wall during the partial government shutdown.’
Pelosi stood up and clapped specifically in response to Trump telling the crowd during his speech that Washington “must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution” in favor of cooperation and compromise, so therefore, it was seen as mocking to many.
After the address, Pelosi released a statement saying:
‘Tonight, the president spoke about the honor of being in the House chamber and all the progress that has been achieved here. But at the same time, he threatened the United States Congress not to exercise its constitutional responsibility of oversight. It will take days to fact-check all the misrepresentations that the president made tonight.’
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