Thousands of Chinese doctors volunteered for the front line of the coronavirus outbreak. They are overwhelmed, under-equipped, exhausted, and even dying.
The hard and dangerous work of battling China's coronavirus epidemic is mainly being done by its medics — many of whom live nowhere near the affected areas. Throughout the crisis, reports, videos, and staff themselves have showed the scale of the problem: supplies and protective gear are scarce, and the workload is enormous. As many as 1,000 medical staff have themselves caught the virus while treating it. Several have died. On Thursday, 34-year-old Li Wenliang, who helped first raise the alarm about the virus and was punished for it, was confirmed dead. These are the sacrifices that China's medical workers have made, and continue to make.
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Doctors and medical staff are feeling the toll of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus more than anybody except their patients. As of Friday morning local time the virus, named after its epicenter in the city of Wuhan, had killed 635 people and infected nearly 31,000. As many as 1,000 of those infected were medical staff. Some workers who contracted the disease have died. More still are working in almost impossible conditions, without the protection or resources they need to control an epidemic. Here is the situation on the ground:SEE ALSO: The Wuhan coronavirus has killed more than 630 people and infected nearly 31,000. Here's everything we know about the outbreak. Doctors in Wuhan, which was placed under a sweeping quarantine on January 24, have been faced with far more patients than they can handle.
Around the time the quarantine began, one doctor told BBC News: "The hospitals have been flooding with patients, there are thousands, I haven't seen so many before. "I am scared because this is a new virus and the figures are alarming." Early in the outbreak, scientists had not yet realised that the virus could spread from human to human. During that time, many doctors didn't wear protective gear. China has relatively few doctors per capita compared to countries like the US, and those it does have are less well-trained. According to Business Insider's Aria Bendix, China has less than two physicians for every 10,000 residents. Only around 60% have undergraduate degrees and only about 10% have graduate degrees, a radical difference from in European and North American health systems. Wuhan's medical staff were soon overwhelmed. In response at least 6,000 medics from other parts of China were sent in, despite the risks. These images show military medics volunteering to go to Wuhan: Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1220719605821378560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Volunteer medical personnel from around China are parting with their families to leave for #Wuhan to combat #CoronavirusOutbreak just before the #LunarNewYear. A very special "holiday" indeed. pic.twitter.com/ShJBPaz1uB On January 29, Business Insider's Will Martin reported that China had had deployed 4,130 medics from other parts of China to Hubei province, which contains Wuhan. It was in the process of increasing the figure to 6,000, according to the country's National Health Commission. Even with enough doctors, many hospitals were desperately short of supplies. This included protective gear for the medics.
"Many were not initially informed about the potential for people-to-person transmission, and even now we don't have enough protective gear, test kits, and other supplies," one Wuhan doctor told the South China Morning Post on January 24. There were also too few testing kits for patients, making it very hard to distinguish a coronavirus case from any other flu or cold. Patients in Wuhan came to consider getting access to a testing kit as being like winning the lottery. Some hospitals have been pleading for donations of supplies from ordinary people. A social media post from The Wuhan Children's Hospital, cited by the BBC, said simply: "Medical supplies are in short supply - help!" Some staff complained on social media that hospitals were even running out of food and drink. Wuhan's hospitals also lacked beds. On January 23 China announced it would build two totally new hospitals to cope. One opened on February 2, the second on February 6.
As the outbreak has dragged on, China has pledged to commit even more people and resources. But there are still difficulties. A New York Times article dated February 6 cited reports of shortages at a makeshift quarantine facility in Wuhan. It said that an exhibition center, converted to house patients, had inadequate heating, unreliably electricity, and evident shortages of medical staff and equipment. The Times report said that Chinese authorities are becoming more militant about stifling criticism of its response, making it harder to work out which places have shortages. The stress medical workers are under has been enormous. This video shows one medical worker having a meltdown: Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1220358211594784770?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw 武汉的一线医生情绪崩溃 pic.twitter.com/rcl7GN6yOG The unidentified doctor at the Wuhan No. 5 Hospital made an exasperated call to a supervisor, not long before the Lunar New Year. He said he had just done four days' worth of work without a break, according to The Washington Post. "I don't want to do this job any more. Just fire me! Kick me out, send me back home," he said. "Don't I want to go home to celebrate the new year? Don't we want to live, too?" Working conditions have been desperate. Some doctors resorted to wearing adult diapers because they have too little time to even use the bathroom.
The situation was also reported by The Washington Post. The newspaper said that a second reason to use adult diapers was to avoid the delicate process of taking off a hazmat suit, which could tear and ruin it. Countermeasures took a physical toll. Medics' hands were bleached from constant disinfectant, and the lines from face masks dug into their skin.
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224950628255879169?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Faces of China in 2020:Marks of MasksDoctors and nurses who are combating #Wuhan Coronavirus in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province of south China. Courtesy of Weibo Changsha Fabu. pic.twitter.com/o7EpH3Vupq The precautions do not always work. Posts on Chinese social media suggest that as many as 1,100 medical staff have caught the virus — almost one in 30 of the total case load.
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1225204383895429120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw From Chinese social media today: 2 photos of the same ChinaCDC chart showing No. of infections among medical professionals in Wuhan before Jan 18. Taken at 2 different venues. The total of confirmed cases & suspected cases is 1,101, not including hospitals w fewer than 15 case. pic.twitter.com/ILxKDWkmSb One doctor who contracted the disease locked herself in her apartment and didn't even tell her own family.
An unnamed doctors shut herself away because of an overwhelming sense of hopelessness, according to Beijing-based therapist Candice Qin, wjo described her case to The Washington Post. "I think it is a strain for every doctor and every nurse in Wuhan, both physically and mentally," Qin told The Post. "We know that patients are worried, but we should bear in mind that doctors are just as human as well." A seven-months-pregnant nurse who helped fight the outbreak also got infected.
The nurse ended up passing the disease to her 70-year-old mother. There was no space for her in a nearby hospital, and the woman resorted to posting on social media to shame officials into admitting her. Source: The Washington Post However, probably the most keenly-felt loss in China was that of Li Wenliang, a doctor who died on Friday at the age of 34.
Li caught the virus while treating patients in Wuhan for weeks. He died around 4 a.m. local time on Friday. His loss was all the more painful because Li had tried to raise awareness of the virus early on, but had been punished by officials who wanted to suppress the news. In December, when the virus was just being discovered, Li alerted a group of alumni from his medical school. But he was taken in by police in Wuhan and forced to sign a letter acknowledging he was "making false comments" about the burgeoning epidemic. After his death, tributes to Li went viral on China's Weibo social media network, despite the strict censorship which the country often employs. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1225571520854024194?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw This is another image that's going viral in China this morning: "Epidemic-fighting hero Li Wenliang." pic.twitter.com/5FvS0Bn66VTweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1225482458025603081?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw The two trending topics censored by Weibo tonight:# Wuhan government owes Dr. Li Wenliang an apology ## We want freedom of speech #Both had tens of thousands of views before disappearing into this dark night. pic.twitter.com/LHEMsbn02I
The virus continues to spread rapidly. Read more: 6,000 medics are being called into Wuhan to fight the deadly coronavirus as the number of infected in mainland China outstrips SARS One image from Wuhan shows the sheer scale of trying to treat a city on lockdown, as Wuhan coronavirus spreads As the Wuhan virus spreads, doctors in the city say they face a 'flooding' of patients and not enough protective gear Wuhan, China, is scrambling to build a hospital in just 6 days to treat coronavirus patients as its health system gets overwhelmed Hospital staff in Wuhan are wearing adult diapers because they don't have time to pee while caring for an overwhelming number of coronavirus patients
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Meryl Streep, Al Roker, Queen Elizabeth II, and other celebrities are receiving ratings on their home offices on Twitter. Here are some of the best and worst, ranked.
Room Rater, a Twitter account, has rated the home offices of prominent celebrities, like Beto O'Rourke,...Room Rater, a Twitter account, has rated the home offices of prominent celebrities, like Beto O'Rourke, David Spade, and Josh Groban — as seen on Skype and Zoom. Zoom and Skype calls have become popular for business meetings, on-air interviews, and virtual events during the coronavirus pandemic. Claude Taylor told Business Insider that he and his girlfriend, Jessie Bahrey, created the account "to provide lighthearted content for these troubling times." Taylor is also the founder of Mad Dog Pac, a political advocacy organization. Taylor noted that highly rated rooms are well lit and have depth to them, which means you can see the back of the room instead of just a wall or bookcase behind the subject. "If you're going to do a bookcase, make it interesting. Add a little bit of yourself to it," Taylor said and added that a plant and good lighting can lead to a high rating. Here are some of the best and worst home offices ranked by Room Rater. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SEE ALSO: People are using puppies, pillows, and toilet paper to recreate classic artwork like 'Birth of Venus' and 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' in a hilarious Twitter challenge during social distancing DON'T MISS: I've been working from home for 6 weeks and have learned some things. Here are my 7 tips for staying on task. 12. Room Rater gave former US representative and presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's office a 0/10 rating in his recent interview with Cambridge Union. One Twitter user replied that it was "an excellent interview, though!" Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254844376586608641?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Oh, dear god. Organizing rescue mission. Blink twice if you can hear me. 0/10. @BetoORourke pic.twitter.com/q8UKPyeL3O Source: Cambridge Union/YouTube 11. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal didn't do much better with a 1/10 rating for his background during a charity concert charity for Artists Striving to End Poverty called "Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254756087896707073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Hostage video with closet. Fortunately, he's not a tweeter. 1/10 #jakegyllenhaal pic.twitter.com/MFRpvSyYKG Sources: YouTube, Vulture 10. Room rater gave members of the United Nations Security Council a collective 2/10 rating, although comments on Twitter suggest that Germany is the best of the bunch with a bookcase and some flags in the background. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254590765134761984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw These are members of UN Security Council. 2/10. @UN (collective rating) pic.twitter.com/opwubjo2Ly T9. Songwriter Josh Groban's backdrop for his performance at the "Take Me to the World" charity concert ranked slightly higher at 3/10, thanks to adequate lighting. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254760336160436231?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw An arty, well lit hostage video. 3/10 @joshgroban pic.twitter.com/Hk6I0rZ5XR Sources: YouTube, Vulture T9. Actress Meryl Streep tied with Groban for a 3/10 at the same charity concert, where she performed "The Ladies Who Lunch" with actresses Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254758869043228672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Clearing space for Oscars/Tony Awards. Cheers. 3/10 #MerylStreep pic.twitter.com/7PQsQ78JnW Sources: YouTube, Vulture 7. Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Democratic presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, received a 4/10 rating for his bookshelf backdrop during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1250784597056425986?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Pete on the dangers of cutting one's own hair. @petebuttigieg 4/10 pic.twitter.com/KtcG2rmlrH Source: MSNBC/YouTube T6. With a large plant and two lava lamps, actor David Spade received a 6/10 rating for the backdrop for his continued version of the late show "Lights Out" from home. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1255329665964744706?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Functional room. Great plant and table. Point off for not turning on purple lava lamp. 6/10 @DavidSpade pic.twitter.com/fzm73trNVU Source: Lights Out with David Spade/YouTube T6. US senator Mitt Romney tied with Spade for a 6/10 for his home office during an interview with ABC 4 News. Room Rater was of the opinion that had he angled the shot a little differently, Romney would have done better. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254573443405709314?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw This is a potential 9 with an bad angle issue. Mitt happens. 6/10 @MittRomney pic.twitter.com/CIPReKirnH 4. Meteorologist Bill Steffen received a 7/10 rating thanks to these playful cats having a brawl during his forecast. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1255591653571792896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Bill's Man Cave is a 5 but adding two points for on air cat fight. 7/10 @bsteffen pic.twitter.com/SaU4dJDp7p Source: Wood TV 8/YouTube 3. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse received an 8/10 rating for the kitchen backdrop to his speech about spreading kindness amid the pandemic. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1255538058780389382?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Nice kitchen. Copper pots. A lot of spoons. Close blinds. Add light. 8/10 @Emeril pic.twitter.com/jYRwtVD2ms Source: Emeril Lagasse 2. Producer DJ Khaled received a 9/10 rating thanks to the artwork displayed in the background during his second performance for "Saturday Night Live: At Home." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254521165353111554?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw This art is simply amazing. We love it. Easy 9/10. @djkhaled pic.twitter.com/4SmKj72D6B Source: Variety 1. Finally, Queen Elizabeth II's home office received a perfect score from Room Rater — 10/10 — in her April 5 address to Britain. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1256595079432732672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Perfect lighting. Flowers in focus. Background soft. Well played. 10/10 @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/KaYuKoo3tb Source: The Washington Post
Photos show how shortages are forcing doctors and nurses to improvise coronavirus PPE from snorkel masks, pool noodles, and trash bags
Doctors, nurses, and other medics have been forced to find their own ways to shield themselves...Doctors, nurses, and other medics have been forced to find their own ways to shield themselves from the coronavirus, amid a global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Photos on social media show how doctors and nurses are getting creative by making their own protective gear, including using snorkel masks and wearing trash bags over their scrubs. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Doctors, nurses, and medical staff working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic are being forced to improvise due to a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). To protect themselves against the infectious virus, some medical staff are having to get creative with everyday items, including snorkel masks and raincoats. PPE shortages have been a significant problem in several countries, including the US, where the largest nurses union was seen staging a protest for more adequate protective equipment in front of the White House on Tuesday. Scroll down to see to the lengths to which some doctors and nurses are going to protect themselves against the coronavirus without proper PPE.SEE ALSO: Dramatic photos show doctors and nurses struggling on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic around the world A lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been a serious problem in lots of countries fighting the coronavirus. With jobs that bring them into close contact with the coronavirus and an ongoing shortage of PPE, healthcare workers have a higher risk of infection causing an increasing number to die from the disease. On Tuesday, April 23, members of National Nurses United — the largest nursing union in the US — staged a protest outside the White House to push for more PPE. PPE supplies have also been salient issues in the UK Nurses in New York have filed lawsuits that allege "grossly inadequate and negligent protections" and "unsafe working conditions." Some medics have adapted as best they can, for instance including wearing trash bags over their scrubs for an additional layer of safety. Some doctors in the UK are also covering the sides and backs of their heads with trash bags, according to the BBC. Dr. Roberts told the BBC: "It's about being pragmatic. The nurses on ITU (Intensive Treatment Unit) need it now. They are doing procedures which risk aerosol spread of the virus. But they've been told to wear normal theatre hats, which have holes in them and don't provide any protection." "It's wrong. And that's why we're having to put bin bags and aprons on our heads," she added. But these measures don't always work. Several nurses in the UK who were forced to wear trash bags during their shifts tested positive for the virus, while one nurse in New York died. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1243221660058206208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Nurses at Mount Sinai West have resorted to wearing trash bags as protective gear. A nurse manager just died there of COVID-19. This should not be happening in America. #WheresMyPPE https://t.co/f1czt525rn pic.twitter.com/FTYKkLVrgi Kious Kelly was working as an assistant nursing manager at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, which was using trash bags for protective equipment. He died from COVID-19 on March 24, at the age of 48. Source: Business Insider In India, the shortage of protective equipment is forcing doctors to turn instead to motorbike helmets and thin plastic raincoats, which can easily rip during a shift. More than a dozen doctors told Reuters they were concerned about becoming sick without proper gear. On Tuesday, drivers of around 4,7000 ambulances went on strike in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, calling for proper safety gear and health insurance. One doctor told Reuters: "I put on a [motorbike] helmet. It has a visor in front so it covers my face, adding another layer over the surgical mask." "Everybody is scared," he added. "Nobody wants to work without protection." Source: Reuters Gowns are not the only piece of equipment there is a shortage of. A lack of medical goggles is forcing some doctors to turn to swim goggles instead. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1242212899948544012?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Given the concern for aerosolized viral particles during mastoidectomy, one idea is to use clear swimming goggles with an N95. They are fully sealed and allow you to still use a microscope. Must ensure n95 still fits. #otology #COVID19 #PPE #ENT #otolaryngology pic.twitter.com/71SlFsz7qz In the UK, some doctors are buying boxes of ski goggles as an alternative. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1245416077594701824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw "Utterly, utterly ridiculous. Drs are now having to pay for their own improvised PPE equipment to keep them safe at work. Just been sent this from a doctor on coronavirus frontline - he's spent £90 on ski goggles to protect him & his team! pic.twitter.com/VFmQgUePRD Healthcare workers in the UK are having to buy their own protective gear to gear up before going to work, according to the Guardian. Samantha Batt-Rawden, the president of Doctors Association UK, told the paper: "Many doctors have told us they have also had to buy their own respirator masks from hardware stores, while others have reached out to schools and laboratories for protective glasses." According to Batt-Rawden, some healthcare workers are even approaching 3D printing companies to have batches of visors made. The most sought-after piece of equipment is an FFP3 mask, which has the highest safety levels for medical staff. But since these are in short supply globally, some doctors are acquiring gas masks instead. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1253200852203958272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Treating patients during the #COVID19 Pandemic. It's very hard to breath in this mask. I were it for 8 hours straight. It's hard to pull air through and I have to yell to be heard. Makes me dizzy. Still grateful to have it. #ppe #doctors pic.twitter.com/V1aCNwmb6U Source: The Guardian Another popular regular item which is being employed for protection is the full-face snorkel mask, which was first used by healthcare workers in Italy who turned them into respirator masks. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1248422965407969283?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw With PPE currently at a premium, healthcare providers are getting creative in order to stay safe. Nate Rosario, MS, #CRNA, from Massachusetts has re-purposed a snorkel mask as PPE to ensure he is properly protected against #COVID19. Read our statement https://t.co/M6S2i7n1eN. pic.twitter.com/0HONzbRMMZ A consultant anesthetist working in the UK reported bought more than 50 snorkels to turn into respirator masks, according to the Guardian. "The snorkel masks have been adapted for use as non-invasive ventilators by Italian anesthetists. They published their design including 3D-printed adapters to connect oxygen tubing to the snorkel breathing tube," he said. But the community is also helping out. For instance, a licensed nurse practitioner in Las Vegas is designing makeshift face shields. They are made from a piece of polyethylene foam cut from a pool noodle, a sheet of transparency film, and a rubber band. Dr Tan started by making his custom-made face shields, which he calls the "iCareFaceShields", for his friends and family working as doctors two weeks ago. Since then, he donated more than 350 of them to different hospitals in Las Vegas. As different governments around the world struggle to get new batches of PPE shipped in, local and global communities are working together to help doctors and nurses as much as they can. There are also multiple Facebook groups where healthcare workers can exchange tips and tricks on how to make homemade protective gear.
Republicans are furious that Nancy Pelosi ripped up Trump's State of the Union speech as soon as he stopped talking
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped the transcript of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address...House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped the transcript of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address after his speech. It instantly became the most talked-about moment of the speech, which Trump had tried to make all about his success as president. Republicans were furious that Pelosi stole the limelight, and attacked her on social media. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, ripped up a transcript of President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address just as he finished delivering it. The gesture immediately stole the limelight from Trump's speech. When a reporter asked why she ripped the transcript, Pelosi responded with "It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative." Trump's supporters reacted with fury online — here are some of the most notable responses.SEE ALSO: Tension between Trump and Pelosi dominated the SOTU, beginning with a snubbed handshake and ending with a ripped up speech The White House said that Pelosi had disrespected the people and issues raised in Trump's speech. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224902083209502721?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw 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.A service member's reunion with his family.That's her legacy. Charlie Kirk, the founder of the Turning Point USA group, joked that Pelosi should tear up the US Constitution instead. Donald Trump Jr retweeted the post. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224897322582102016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Breaking:Nancy Pelosi tore up President Trump's speech mistaking it for the Constitution Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham said that Pelosi can't "tear up the accomplishments of this President." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224905352430440449?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Tearing the speech up is not going to tear up the accomplishments of this President. #SOTU2020 pic.twitter.com/ItwLJwioWx On similar lines, Indiana senator Mike Braun said Pelosi can't tear up the US economy, which Trump touted extensively in his speech. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224912299238006785?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw What @SpeakerPelosi can't tear up is the hottest economy in American history, ISIS leaders dead, the border wall going up, unemployment going down, and historic trade deals that put the American people first. #SOTU Mike Huckabee took two stabs at making an outraged metaphor. The Former Arkansas Governor first compared Pelosi to a TGI Friday's customer who wants to get drunk: Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224896686734168064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Finally figured out what Pelosi is doing. She's looking over the drink menu at TGI Friday's. She's planning on ordering everything on it immediately after this because @realDonaldTrump just got reelected tonight and she and those folks sitting on their hands know it. He then made a crude play on the word "ass": Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224898465982971904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Some people show their class. Pelosi ripped up the speech and showed her....it rhymes with class. A year from now, @realDonaldTrump will be there giving SOTU. @kevinomccarthy will be sitting in that chair, THANK GOD! https://t.co/JOz5uX5hwd Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's former press secretary, said Pelosi is "out of control." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224905316883664897?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Nancy Pelosi tearing up President @realDonaldTrump's State of the Union address tells you everything you need to know about a radical, out of control Democrat party less interested in building America up than tearing the President and his many achievements down. #StateOfTheUnion A professor said Pelosi "obliterated decades of tradition." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224901141005307904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Pelosi's act dishonored the institution and destroyed even the pretense of civility and decorum in the House. If this is the Speaker's "drop the mike" moment, it is a disgrace that should never be celebrated or repeated. In a single act, she obliterated decades of tradition. Jonathan Turley teachers Constitutional Law at at George Washington University. He was invited by Republicans to testify on impeachment in front to the House Judiciary Committee. Mike Pompeo compared Pelosi to a sobbing Lisa Simpson — though he may not quite have realized what he was doing. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224910919697944576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw pic.twitter.com/AaopLt8f9f The image posted by the Secretary of State is from a 1991 episode of "The Simpsons" called "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington." It depicts Lisa sobbing and tearing up an patriotic essay she wrote, after witnessing a member of Congress taking a bribe. It is not clear whether Pompeo was aware of the context.