Nancy Pelosi's 'sarcastic clap' becomes the State Of The Union's biggest meme

Northam arrives for a news conference in the Governors Mansion in Richmond Va. Feb. 2 2019

In the Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union on Tuesday night, the second one during his presidency, Abrams criticized him for the recent 35-day government shutdown, saying he used furloughed federal workers in a political stunt.

Pelosi, who appeared to be reading along on her copy of the president's speech, looked up, rose from her seat and began to enthusiastically clap, her arms stretched toward the president, who then turned around to face her.

One of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) daughters quipped that her mother's now-viral applause at President Donald Trump brought her "back to the teen years".

But as Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday, it was not actually meant as a sarcastic gesture. When Trump capitulated to a deal that reopened the government until February 15, Pelosi re-issued the invitation to the House chamber, her control of the event established.

Even before the speech he failed to constrain himself, sparring with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, taunting him on Twitter for not winning the Senate for the Democrats. She celebrated LGBT Pride Month at a photo booth with friends in New York City last June while her father failed to acknowledge the observance. Pelosi stood and reached out with both hands to acknowledge them.

Pelosi emerged the victor when Trump reopened the government without funding for his border wall - meeting her demand to end the shutdown for negotiations on border security to continue.

Trump seemed to have unintentionally given them the opening to gloat.

Given that, Trump's calls for unity were nearly surely destined to fall on deaf ears. He made the case that the fate of America's working class is explicitly linked to the threat, real or imagined, posed by caravans of Latin American immigrants approaching the southern border.

There was also no mention of declaring a national emergency declaration, as he hinted last week, to get the funds to build his border wall. Trump said during the speech that "we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country" as Tlaib and the far-left flank of the Democratic Party are ascendant. "You weren't supposed to do that" the US President laughed before thanking and congratulating them on winning their seats.

Trump is staring down a two-year stretch that will determine whether he is re-elected or leaves office in defeat. He pressed Congress to approve his new trade pact with Canada and Mexico updating the North American Free Trade Agreement. The White House said the SOTU will be optimistic and call for bipartisanship with an "inspiring vision of American greatness".

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