House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was accused of fueling conflict while openly destroying copies of the president’s speech on Feb. 4.

House Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of dividing the nation through her controversial move to rip up what appeared to be a printed copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

He described the act on national television as a clear example of the divisive behavior several Democratic Party members have shown throughout their impeachment inquiry, and even dating as far back as the president’s victory at the 2016 general election.

“It is interesting tonight we saw Nancy Pelosi ripping up a speech just like Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi, and others have been trying to rip apart America for the last three years,” Meadows said on “Hannity.” 

The White House backed this view and expressed dissatisfaction with the example Pelosi is leaving behind.

“Speaker Pelosi just ripped up one of our last surviving Tuskegee airmen, the survival of a child born at 21 weeks, the mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller, [and] a service member’s reunion with his family,” a White House representative said on Twitter. “That is her legacy.”

Pelosi later suggested her actions could have been even worse since shredding the documents was the “courteous thing to do considering the alternatives” according to Fox News.

The president’s 1.5-hour speech showed how despite being under constant political attack the Trump administration succeeded in restoring the strength of the national economy, military service, and judiciary system.

“The president showed us what we are about from the greatest generation we had a general there tonight, a new general from the greatest generation that showed us back then during World War Two what it was like to be an American,” Meadows said. “We got to see that from 2 years of age to 100 years of age and, in between, what is important.”

He believes the average American is better off than four years ago when the president was sworn into the Oval Office.

“It is a significant accomplishment when you look at [it,]” he said. “We can celebrate that. I think across the country, no one will ever doubt that this was the best State of the Union address that there has ever been given in the chamber tonight.”