House Speaker Nancy Pelosi previously described the impeachment process as something she did not want to go through and something she did not want to put the country through—but the process was something she said she felt like she had to do.
But, it is during this same “somber” and “solemn” process that Pelosi was handing out commemorative impeachment pens following the signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.
The House Speaker had her own signature on each of the pens, which she used to sign two impeachment articles to be delivered to the Senate. The pens were then given to senior-ranking Democratic members present at the ceremony, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
Conservative columnist Ashe Schow theorized Pelosi waited four weeks to formally sign and hand the impeachment articles over to the Senate because she was waiting for the pens to be delivered.
Oh so THATS why she delayed so long. Had to wait for the pens to ship. https://t.co/Rwa7CY15we
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) January 16, 2020
Republican Whip Steve Scalise tweeted: “So much for ‘somber’ and ‘solemn.'”
“House Dems are so excited about impeachment that they’re passing out commemorative pens and grinning for photos at a celebration ceremony,” he added. “Unbelievable.”
Take a look:
So much for “somber” and “solemn.”
House Dems are so excited about impeachment that they’re passing out commemorative pens and grinning for photos at a celebration ceremony.
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— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 15, 2020
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel similarly said the pens were “just another example of how disgusting and partisan this impeachment charade has been.”
“So much for Pelosi’s supposed serious and somber impeachment process,” she added. “She was handing out pens like party favors at the signing ceremony.”
So much for Pelosi’s supposed serious and somber impeachment process.
She was handing out pens like party favors at the signing ceremony.
Just another example of how disgusting and partisan this impeachment charade has been.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 16, 2020
Here’s what some other people said about the pens:
You know what you hand out pens for? Accomplishments.
Like, say, signing a historic trade deal with China.
So it's fitting that Democrats are handing out pens for their sole accomplishment: impeachment
Democrats have done NOTHING for the American people pic.twitter.com/SPKGrD0SkL
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) January 15, 2020
Even more embarrassing are Pelosi’s commemorative impeachment pens. The House Dems are oblivious to their own stupidity. pic.twitter.com/i9jsJn9LB4
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) January 16, 2020
.@GOPLeader: "Every time this President is strengthening our nation – they're sabotaging democracy."
∙ 9/24: POTUS at UN, Pelosi announces impeachment
∙ 12/4: POTUS at NATO, Dems hold hearing with law professors
∙ 1/15: POTUS signs China deal, Pelosi sends articles articles pic.twitter.com/JEKtiTNZFb
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) January 16, 2020
Who's REALLY working for the American people???
— Carl Higbie (@CarlHigbie) January 16, 2020
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 16, 2020