WASHINGTON — In a blitz of retweets Wednesday morning, President Trump attacked Speaker Nancy Pelosi for tearing up a copy of his State of the Union speech.
One of the more than two dozen posts that drew the president’s attention just hours before he is expected to be acquitted of impeachment charges by the Senate called Ms. Pelosi “uncouth,” and several included #PelosiTantrum.
While the president did not criticize Ms. Pelosi in his own words on Wednesday morning, his counselor, Kellyanne Conway, and the vice president did not hold back. Ms. Conway commented on Ms. Pelosi’s expressions during the speech, telling reporters that she looked like she was “reading the Cheesecake Factory menu all night.”
Mr. Trump also retweeted a message from the official White House account posted late Tuesday, which said her action would define her “legacy.”
Ms. Pelosi is the first woman to lead the House of Representatives, and she presided over Mr. Trump’s impeachment process..
The annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night was expected to be tense, and both Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Trump made no secret of their feelings about the other. Mr. Trump started the evening by refusing to shake Ms. Pelosi’s hand during formalities before he started to speak.
Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said Ms. Pelosi “tried to make it about her.”
“And I think the American people see through it,” Mr. Pence told Fox News. “I think they see through the pettiness, they see through the politics of all of it.”
Ms. Conway called Ms. Pelosi’s actions a “temper tantrum,” and said it was not the first time she has seen the speaker have one.
“America saw an incorrigible child ripping up the State of the Union,” Ms. Conway told reporters on Wednesday. “I think it shows you how petty and peevish and partisan the Democratic Party has become.”
Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Trump have long been foils to each other, and the annual state of the union address, which draws a large television audience, captures their sentiments as they stand within feet of each other.
During last year’s State of the Union, a brief clip of the speaker clapping for Mr. Trump, as he turned to look at her, went viral. A month earlier, Ms. Pelosi called Mr. Trump “petulant” after he stormed out of a White House meeting about the government shutdown.
Mr. Trump has given Ms. Pelosi nicknames, “Crazy Nancy” and “Nervous Nancy.” In January, he predicted on Twitter that she would be remembered as the “absolute worst Speaker of the House in U.S. history!”