Trump says Pelosi ‘broke the law’ by tearing State of the Union speech

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President Trump resumed his “chopper talk” for the first time in months on Friday, telling reporters that Nancy Pelosi “broke the law” when she tore in half his State of the Union speech and jeering Joe Biden’s campaign for president, which sputtered in Iowa.

The near seven-minute gaggle was Trump’s first extended remarks this year on his walk to the Marine One helicopter. Once a reliable happening, Trump stopped the unbridled Q&As as the Senate took up his impeachment trial, which ended Wednesday in acquittal.

“I thought it was a terrible thing where she ripped up the speech,” Trump said, continuing his spat with Pelosi after she shredded his speech Tuesday night. “First of all, it’s an official document. You’re not allowed. It’s illegal what she did. She broke the law. I thought it was terrible.”

Trump said Democrats “have gone totally crazy.” His allegation that Pelosi broke the law may be linked to an ethics complaint filed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), though he did not directly mention it.

“Well, I think there’s a lot of evil on that side,” Trump said. “You know they say Trump derangement syndrome they’ve got it. They’ve got a bad case of it you saw that that was on display. The other night when she ripped up the speech that was terrible is it terrible so disrespectful to our country, and actually very illegal what she did.”

Trump also endorsed a plan by House Republicans to expunge his impeachment during the free-wheeling exchange on the South Lawn.

Answering a question from The Post, Trump said: “Should they expunge the impeachment in the House? They should because it was a hoax. It was a total political hoax.”

Trump said Democrats’ failure in Iowa in counting caucus votes was suggestive of broader incompetence, and said Biden’s fourth-place finish was “very sad.”

Trump was impeached after asking Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who scored a cushy job on the board of a Ukrainian energy company when his father was vice president and the Obama administration’s point person on Ukraine policy.

“It’s very sad what happened with the Bidens,” Trump said. “And it’s also very sad how he’s doing, how he’s doing in the polls. Now I understand the votes are fried in Iowa. They couldn’t even take a simple tabulation, and yet they’re telling you how to run the country and how to run health care. I think they fried their votes on the computer. Think of all the money that the Democrats spent and the votes are fried.  They have no idea who won.”

Trump said he considered Pete Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and potential Iowa Democratic caucus victor, as a threat.

“Everybody’s a threat. I view everybody as a threat,” he said.

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