Newt Gingrich, who served as the 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1995-January 3, 1999, also noticed her behavior, and called it “Petty Nastiness.”
"Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s behavior at the State of the Union was only the most recent example of someone who is out-of-control and simply doesn’t understand what the larger country is seeing,” Gingrich writes on his website, gingrich360.com
But, according to Gingrich, Pelosi’s rudeness was evident from the very beginning. He noted that President Trump ignored Pelosi’s offered handshake, admitting at that point, “…the burden of civility seemed to be on the President.”
"However, Pelosi ensured that would not last. Her introduction of simply, “the President of the United States” was jarring to anyone who knew that the traditional introduction (which I had used for President Bill Clinton four times). Traditionally, the Speaker says to members of Congress: “I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States.” Speaker Pelosi’s omission of the honorific was a deliberate and planned insult to President Trump.
"Plainly, Pelosi was saying President Trump did not deserve high honor, and introducing him did not constitute a privilege. When I saw it on TV, I was furious... Pelosi was displaying a mean, nasty streak worthy of seventh grade bullies in the school cafeteria.
"This opening insult was doubly stupid. For people who knew the tradition, it made her look petty. For the average person, it was smothered by the wave of the standing applause the President immediately received."
Gingrich then credited the President for delivering a powerful speech. The speech received great response from those in the Chamber, even from some Democrats during certain points. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D), from Arizona, was captured by C-Span as she clapped from time to time while sitting next to Senator Kamala Harris, who looked quite unhappy.
President Trump finished his address to enthusiastic applause. But, while those in the chamber were still applauding, Speaker Pelosi stood up and ripped up her written copy of the President’s State of the Union address.
Gingrich summed it up, "At this high point in the evening, Pelosi went overboard to prove she was maniacally opposed to working with President Trump under any circumstances. She tore the speech up while standing at the podium! This was the behavior of a beaten, failed Speaker, who was desperately seeking approval from her left-wing fanatics. For most of the country, it was simply shocking and alienating.”
Congressman Paul Gosar (R), represents Arizona LD4, where Carl and Marsha Mueller, the parents of slain Kayla Mueller, live.
Thank you @realDonaldTrump for honoring this amazing family from my district! When @POTUS authorized the strike which killed al-Baghdadi, the mission was named in honor of Kayla. God bless Kayla Mueller and her family! #AZ04 &mdash">https://t.co/fCwL4W9cER— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) February 5, 2020
Gosar was strongly offended by Pelosi’s actions.
In response to her classless outburst, I've decided to introduce a resolution to censure & condemn Speaker Pelosi.— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) February 5, 2020
In a new low, she violated the Code of Official Conduct requiring Members "behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House." pic.twitter.com/gvf6KWNpSM
But, Gosar may have to hurry up, as Representative Matt Gaetz apparently has already filed an ethics complaint against Speaker Pelosi.
BREAKING: I'm filing an ethics complaint against @SpeakerPelosi for destroying @realDonaldTrump's State of the Union speech.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 6, 2020
Her conduct was beneath the dignity of the House, and a potential violation of law (18 USC 2071).
Nobody is above the law. She must be held accountable. pic.twitter.com/dXPPWQNtI8