House Speaker Nancy Pelosi certainly didn’t want Americans to get the wrong message on impeachment and gave her caucus a deathly glare when they cheered her vote count.
The California Democrat raised her hand and quickly shot a serious look over at lawmakers who seemed to celebrate as she dropped the gavel Wednesday, reading the tally of votes on the first article of impeachment, charging President Trump with abuse of power.
“On this vote, the yeas are 230. The nays are 197. Present is 1. Article One is adopted,” Pelosi said, bringing down her gavel as a few cheers could be heard from Democrats.
She quickly silenced them with a hand motion and a stern look, prompting an outburst from Republicans.
As Pelosi announced the first article passed a smattering of Democrats clapped, who were then shushed by other Dems.
Then republicans responded by telling “Ohhhhhhhhhhh!”
As the second vote began, a group of Republicans chanted “FOUR MORE YEARS FOUR MORE YEARS!”
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) December 19, 2019
Dressed in black to further dramatize the soberness of the occasion, Pelosi delivered the tally on the second article of impeachment, the charge against Trump for obstruction of Congress.
“The yeas are 229, the nays are 198. Present is 1. Article Two is adopted,” Pelosi said, banging the gavel once more.
Ahead of the party-line vote to impeach Trump, with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voting “present,” House Democratic leaders had reportedly warned members not to appear celebratory when the impeachment of Trump was announced. Democrat lawmakers put on their masks and lamented how the day was “sad and solemn,” according to Axios, but they had to be directed to quash their cheering.
“One Democratic member from a Trump-won district said the instruction is: Don’t cheer, keep it solemn,'” Axios reported.
CNN’s Manu Raju remarked on how Pelosi had directed Democrats “not to gloat at all during the proceedings.”
Pelosi and her staff have instructed her caucus to show unity and not to gloat at all during the proceedings, per multiple sources. She wants the public to see Democrats as taking this moment seriously and not be seen as cheering the President’s impeachment, members say
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 18, 2019
CNN’s Brian Stelter noted the mood expressed by his colleague Dana Bash who reported on the “grave” mood ahead of the House vote.
“You can feel it in the air here. It feels different,” @DanaBashCNN says. “It is palpable – that this is momentous. That this is grave. And it is… not something this speaker wanted to do…”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 18, 2019
Bash had made the laughable comment that impeachment was, “despite the Democrats’ talking points, not something that this Speaker wanted to do for and about this President.”
Democrats remain ever the drama queens, proclaiming they are “prayerful” and “solemn” while having to be scolded for cheering the impeachment of the president.
This proves she is a liar. Solemn yeah right! She and the Democrats just showed their true colors. Their all clapping inside.
— Anthony (@Robust346) December 19, 2019
Those smile muscles were working so hard her dentures practically popped out of her mouth as she tried to suppress the grin.
— Robert Craigen (@RCsEvilTwin) December 19, 2019
— TheAmericanPatriot (@TheAmericanPa10) December 19, 2019
Their cheers…, how is this not politically motivated? ??♂️unprofessional party…
— Felix Beltran™???? (@Beltran1680) December 19, 2019
It is a solemn moment for the Democrats who vote to impeach the President. Because for many of them it marks the beginning of the end of their term in office. The electorate will continue to turn against them and it will be a landslide come November 2020.
— Will Corporon (@wcorporon) December 18, 2019