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Nancy Pelosi Ripping Paper is a viral video clip of Nancy Pelosi ripping Donald Trump's speech in half during the conclusion of Donald Trump's February 2020 State of the Union. The clip was created into a GIF and image macro, while the event itself sparked the Twitter hashtags #NancyPelosiROCKS, #NancyTheRipper and #NancyPelosiIsADisgrace.
On February 4th, 2020, CSPAN shared a clip of Speaker Nancy Pelosi tearing up the State of the Union Speech to their Twitter account (shown below). The tweet gained over 60,100 likes and 15,800 retweets in a day.
SpeakerPelosi</a> tears up of State of the Union speech.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SOTU?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SOTU</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SOTU2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SOTU2020</a> <a href="https://t.co/sIpi4G7KsL">pic.twitter.com/sIpi4G7KsL</a></p>— CSPAN (cspan) February 5, 2020
On February 4th, 2020, politician Mike Pompeo tweeted an image of Lisa Simpson crying over a ripped up paper (shown below). The tweet gained 30,300 likes and 9,900 retweets in a day. Simpsons writer Bill Oakley responded in a tweet saying, "Mr. Secretary of State please do not ever ever ever use Simpsons material in your twitter or watch the show or refer to it in any way" which garnered over 15,900 likes in a day.
On February 4th, Redditors began sharing a GIF of the incident. Redditor SteezyCheesy received over 2,500 points (82% upvoted) in a day for posting a GIF to r/gifs (shown below). Redditor _Shahnawaz posted another GIF to r/gifsthatkeepongiving and accumulated over 19,700 points (76% upvoted) in a day.
On February 5th, 2020, Twitter user and journalist @mkraju tweeted a video of Nancy Pelosi commenting on her actions (shown below). The caption read "Leaving the Capitol shortly before midnight, Pelosi tells us why she tore up Trump’s speech: “Because it was a manifesto of mistruths" and the tweet garnered over 11,800 likes and 3,300 retweets in a day.
Leaving the Capitol shortly before midnight, Pelosi tells us why she tore up Trump’s speech: “Because it was a manifesto of mistruths.” pic.twitter.com/2sAWdgVAXR— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 5, 2020
That day, On Twitter several hashtags refering to the incident went viral. That day Michael Moore used the trending hashtag #NancyTheRipper in a tweet that gained over 11,600 likes and 1,400 retweets in a day (shown below, left). The Democratic Coalition founder Scott Dworkin used another trending hashtag in his tweet "Speaker Pelosi’s done more good for the world in 8 seconds, from a rip and a clap, than Trump has done overall, his entire life. #NancyPelosiROCKS" (shown below, right). The tweet gained 3,200 likes in a day.
That day, hashtags like #NancyPelosiIsADisgrace also spread on Twitter. For exampled Twitter user @desert2daddy tweeted, "In my 50 years on earth, I have never seen such disrespect for the American People as we watch @SpeakerPelosi act like a child going through her terrible 2’s.The @SenateDems are a disgrace to the American People and getting a paycheck for doing nothing. #NancyPelosiIsADisgrace" (shown below). The tweet accumulated over 500 likes in a day. Time and StayHipp published articles on Nancy Pelosi ripping paper memes.
When Columbia House sent me a bill after I got 12 CDs for a penny:— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 5, 2020
nice try Nancy, but you need to take that speech to Mount Doom and cast it into the fires of Orodruin https://t.co/daw5bDF9LQ— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) February 5, 2020
Me tearing up the bet slip for my “cant lose” parlay pic.twitter.com/k3ojD28Rth— Julius Seizure (@JackHam82623448) February 5, 2020
Me ripping up the study guide after failing the test: pic.twitter.com/HVPXObzpGG— Josh Silverman (@JoshMSilverman) February 5, 2020
Me tearing up the chore list my mom would leave me during summer break— KenzO (@koshiz) February 5, 2020