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Politics: Recapping Trump’s State Of The Union Address And What To Expect With A Looming Impeachment Vote




House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rips up pages of the State of the Union speech after U.S. President Donald Trump finishes his State of the Union speech in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC.
House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rips up pages of the State of the Union speech after U.S. President Donald Trump finishes his State of the Union speech in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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And then she tore up the speech. No sooner had President Donald Trump finished his State of the Union address than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped the paper it was printed on in two. Right there, on camera, behind Trump's back. As he stepped down, she ripped again. Then a third time. And a fourth. The night of Trump’s State of the Union address has been described as a night of theatrics. Trump promoted trade deals and the economy all while reuniting military families. 

Today on AirTalk, we recap the address with political analysts. And we discuss what’s to come with a looming impeachment vote in the Senate. Trump is on the verge of acquittal by the Senate, bringing an end to only the third presidential  impeachment trial in American history in a vote at the start of the tumultuous campaign for the White House. A majority of senators have now expressed unease with Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment. But there's nowhere near the two-thirds support necessary in the Republican-held Senate for the Constitution's bar of high crimes and misdemeanors to convict and remove the president from office. 

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News; he tweets @NPRrelving

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies. He is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies

Matt Fleming, GOP communications strategist and opinion columnist for the Southern California News group; former communications Director for CA Republican Party (2018-19); he tweets @mflemingterp