Nancy Pelosi’s State of the Union clap­back made her the star of a star-filled preGram­mys party in L.A.


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It’s the most talked about clap­back of 2019 — so far. The scene: Last week’s po­lit­i­cally fraught State of the Union ad­dress. The mo­ment: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi clap­ping for Pres­i­dent Trump with her arms ex­tended and a smirk on her face that view­ers in­ter­preted as in­ten­tion­ally sar­cas­tic. The memes un­furled like a miles-long red car­pet.

Pelosi was once again em­braced by lib­er­als as an In­ter­net star. Take her ap­pear­ances this week­end in La La Land. Satur­day at Clive Davis’s fa­mous pre-Gram­mys party at the Bev­erly Hilton, the room was packed with some of mu­sic’s big­gest celebs, in­clud­ing Quincy Jones, Bar­bra Streisand, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dionne War­wick, and Berry Gordy. But it wasn’t rap­per Travis Scott or re­cent Su­per Bowl MVP Ju­lian Edel­man who got the most selfie re­quests.

Af­ter Davis an­nounced that Pelosi was in the house, call­ing her a politi­cian who’s “front and cen­ter like never be­fore,” the crowd got on its feet with some of the A-lis­ters im­i­tat­ing her now-fa­mous clap, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports.

The night be­fore, Pelosi at­tended the MusiCares gala and posed with singer Katy Perry reen­act­ing the clap, which at this point needs its own name.

For her part, the 78-year-old politi­cian has said that the clap was just a clap. “It wasn’t sar­cas­tic,” she told re­porters a day af­ter the vi­ral mo­ment. “Look at what I was ap­plaud­ing,” Pelosi said, re­fer­ring to Trump’s line about com­pro­mise over re­venge. “I wanted him to know that it was very wel­comed.”


Katy Perry and Nancy Pelosi at the MusiCares gala.

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