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Nancy Pelosi Clapping refers to a moment in the 2019 State of the Union Address where Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appeared to offer a sarcastic round of applause to Donald Trump after the President said called on Americans to "reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good." Weeks prior, Pelosi and Trump had famously squared off during the 2018-2019 United States Government Shutdown, leading some to believe that Pelosi's applause was in sarcastic praise of the phrase.
During the 2019 State of the Union Address, Donald Trump called on Americans to "reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good." The line caused some members of congress to cheer. Nancy Pelosi, sitting behind Trump, appeared to applaud for the line sarcastically with slow and deliberate claps. Twitter user @bkurbs posted the clip of the moment to Twitter (shown below).
The moment was quickly noticed by Twitter users. Left-leaning Twitter users cheered the apparent attitude behind Pelosi's applause. User @alexandergold said "Nancy Pelosi is the perfect amount of petty we all should aspire to have," gaining over 1,000 retweets and 5,300 likes (shown below, left). User @jeonleoo called the clap "everything," gaining over 1,600 retweets and 5,500 likes (shown below, right).
Other Twitter users photoshopped Pelosi clapping into other moments. User @ParkerMolloy tweeted a clip from Maroon 5's Super Bowl LIII with Pelosi clapping, gaining over 1,000 retweets and 6,900 likes (shown below, left). User @Rschooley photoshopped Pelosi into Trump's "Hamberder" Dinner photo, gaining over 920 retweets and 5,600 likes (shown below, right). The jokes were covered by multiple outlets, including Mashable, Twitter Moments, and USA Today.
On February 6th, 2019, the news site People reported that Pelosi claimed the clap "wasn't sarcastic" in a statement delivered to reporters earlier that day.
"It wasn’t sarcastic. Look at what I was applauding. I wanted him to know that it was very welcomed."
 Twitter Moments – Nancy Pelosi’s clap at Trump’s SOTU is quickly becoming a meme
 People – "What Was She Really Thinking? ":https://people.com/politics/why-nancy-pelosi-clap-donald-trump-state-of-the-union/
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