House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi turned her back on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he said, “Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”
While nearly everyone else in the audience stood and cheered for the Israeli prime minister’s defiant declaration, the camera caught an unhappy-looking Pelosi turning her back and speaking to the colleagues behind her.
Netanyahu continued, “But I know that Israel does not stand alone. I know that America stands with Israel. I know that you stand with Israel.” The audience in the House chamber responded with another standing ovation and thunderous applause.
In a press statement after Netanyahu’s address, Pelosi said, “I was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.
While Democrats are rushing to the microphones today to decry the “political theater” of Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, it seems that Ms. Pelosi wasn’t above playing the drama queen to protest the speech she has called “inappropriate.”
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— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) March 3, 2015
And there she goes – @NancyPelosi leaves House floor as Netanyahu is still saying goodbyes. She's not a happy camper.
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) March 3, 2015