New Speaker Johnson demanded accountability for Pelosi after ‘shameful’ and ‘unlawful’ SOTU theatrics

Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson was finally elected to take the House gavel and video soon surfaced of the time he reacted to the “unlawful” actions of his Democratic predecessor, Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

After three weeks without a speaker in the House of Representatives, Johnson was voted in by every single Republican, giving him 220 votes. The congressman serves on the Judiciary Committee, the Armed Services Committee, and the select committee on “Weaponization of the Federal Government.”

“Johnson’s voting record has earned him a lifetime rating of 92% from the American Conservative Union and 90% from Heritage Action,” noted NBC News on Wednesday.

Video resurfaced online of Johnson’s appearance on then-Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s primetime program calling out then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her infamous and petty performance during a State of the Union address. As then-President Trump finished his address to Congress in 2020, Pelosi put on a show of ripping up her copy of the speech while standing directly behind the president.

“It was a shameful display, it was stunning to many members sitting in the House,” Johnson told Carlson at the time.

“It was totally unprecedented. It was shameless, And it was also unlawful Tucker,” he continued. “I actually did a little legal memo to point out to my colleagues she actually committed a felony when she tore that paper up.”

“It wasn’t just any copy of the State of the Union address, it was the copy, the original,” he continued, pointing to “over two centuries of custom and tradition” as well as the Constitution itself that note that tearing up official House documents “violate[s] a specific statute in the criminal code.”

In a 2020 press release following Trump’s SOTU address, Johnson had analyzed Pelosi’s actions.

“Much has been said over the last 24 hours about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s antics during President Donald J. Trump’s delivery of his State of the Union address Tuesday night,” he said. “Her dramatic facial expressions and eyerolling were enough to violate the rules of decorum and the traditions of civility in the House, but when she ripped up the written document on live television, she crossed a different line.”

He pointed out that there is a specific statute that prohibits destroying an official House record, and that Pelosi was a legal “custodian” of the document once it was handed to her by President Trump.

Social media users were thrilled with the flashback of Johnson:

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