House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) caught people’s attention during the State of the Union address for her seemingly sarcastic clap toward the president. She claimed it “wasn’t sarcastic,” but her imitation of the clap alongside Hollywood celebrities on Friday seemed to contradict that claim.
At the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala on Friday, Pelosi laughed with singer Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom while recreating the clap.
Pelosi’s State of the Union clap toward President Donald Trump came after he called for a rejection of “politics of revenge.” The moment instantly went viral with memes.
“Who knew clapping could convey rage, disdain and threats of revenge…” another wrote.
As IJR Red reported, Pelosi told reporters that the clap “wasn’t sarcastic,” adding she “was applauding. I wanted him to know that it was very welcomed.”
Watch the moment below:
— Brian Koerber (@bkurbs) February 6, 2019
Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, sided that her mother’s clap was sarcastic, as she said it “took me back to the teen years.”
“She knows. And she knows that you know,” Christine wrote in a tweet. “And frankly she’s disappointed that you thought this would work. But here’s a clap.”