When is a clap not a clap?

When it is a ‘Pelosi clap’, the label given to the way that speaker Nancy Pelosi applauded Donald Trump at one point during his State of the Union speech, that simultaneously signaled approval for the sentiment expressed while showing disdain for the speaker.


  1. Holms says

    “She was the show behind the show, nodding ‘no’ when…”
    Uhhhhhhhh since when is that a nod?

  2. John Morales says

    A sardonic clap which was pure political theatre was still a clap.

    (Or: a clap is always a clap)

  3. Pierce R. Butler says

    Has the New York Post come out yet with a “Nancy Pelosi Gave Donald Trump the Clap!” headline?

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