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The State of the Union

Shivani Tripathi

Posted on February 10, 2019 09:54

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We should not praise Pelosi's mocking applause.

“We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good,” Trump said while delivering the State of the Union speech. Immediately afterwards, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi stood up and gave a round of mocking applause.

This segment of the Trump’s speech has gone viral, with many lauding Pelosi’s “pettiness.” However, Pelosi’s actions should not be praised. Her sarcasm and blatant show of disinterest in Trump’s speech follow a disturbing trend of incivility in politics.

Whether it’s Trump calling African nations “sh*thole” countries or Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib outlining her plans to impeach the “motherf*er,” not a day goes by that a politician doesn’t forfeit the respect that comes with their office.

Just to be clear, I am not condemning profanity or satirical applause. What people do on their own time does not matter to me. The issue arises when elected officials use uncouth vocabulary and behave disrespectfully in regard to our nation’s pivotal affairs.

As a highschool student, if I were to loudly swear in a classroom setting, I would probably be subject to disciplinary action. If I blatantly ignored the teacher and shuffled papers while they spoke, then I would face grading penalties. My hypothetical behavior would not be tolerated because it disrespects my teachers and classmates.

An elected politician's role is objectively more important than mine. So why do we allow our leaders to continuously disrespect hardworking Americans by making a mockery of the office?

Nobody’s perfect. Everybody slips up sometimes and utters a swear word, and politicians are not exempt from this. However, profanity and rudeness should not be normalized or praised in the political sphere. Elected officials should think twice before they speak and carry themselves with a degree of dignity the American public deserves. 

Shivani Tripathi

Posted on February 10, 2019 09:54

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