Pelosi Bursts the Resistance’s Bubble Amid Viral Photo of Her Clapping at Trump’s SOTU: ‘Wasn’t Sarcastic’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is making it clear her applause for President Donald Trump during his Tuesday State of the Union address wasn’t meant in a “sarcastic” manner after a viral photo of the moment turned into a resistance meme.

“It wasn’t sarcastic,” Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday, according to People. “Look at what I was applauding. I wanted him to know that it was very welcomed.”

The speaker’s clap came just as Trump asked America to abandon “politics of revenge.” Some who felt the call was counter to the president’s personal behavior appeared to jump to conclusions about Pelosi’s reaction, believing it was intended to be condescending.

As IJR Blue previously reported, Pelosi received an outpouring of praise from people on the left as the photo circulated on social media. Many saw her applause as a pointed clap at — not for — the president, even calling it the “perfect amount of petty we all should aspire to have.”

According to Pelosi, however, it was an innocent and bipartisan gesture.

New York Times photographer Doug Mills, who captured the viral moment, also believes her clap to be genuine.

“I had a unique angle and was able to put Speaker Pelosi right over the president’s shoulder,” he said. “It was a clap that was gestured right toward him. And he looked back to get her reaction. It’s not a moment you usually see in the middle of a State of the Union address. There’s not usually a lot of interaction between the president and the speaker.”

Watch the moment in action:

“She was making sure he saw her applauding,” Mills added. “She was saying, ‘You set the tone. Now let’s follow through and let’s do this.'”

While Pelosi and other Democrats did still criticize elements of the president’s address, it was well-received by Republicans and most viewers, with the approval rating from those watching at home reaching 76 percent.

What do you think?

10 pledges
Upvote Downvote
newest oldest most voted
Notify of

God help America. Boneheaded leftists took Nancy’s affectation as the highlight of the SOTU. The followers of Hilary, Trump haters everywhere, were highly titillated. They know though to leave it to photographer Mills to divine her mindset.


At least she set the record straight – even if it puts an end to some positive praise from her base.

President Trump Gets Standing Ovation While Defending ‘Innocent Human Life’ at National Prayer Breakfast

House Speaker Pelosi Sees Chance of Border Security Deal Soon