Thursday, January 16, 2020
After Speaker Pelosi signed the articles of impeachment she handed out multiple pens to the smiling impeachment managers. Minutes later on CNN, Dana Bash and Nia-Malika Henderson criticized the ceremony and said it had a dissonant tone.
Bash said, "We are used to seeing signing ceremonies, handing out pens at moments of celebration, when a president is signing legislation, when even the House sends over a landmark piece of legislation. It was unusual to see that kind of ceremony and handing out the pens and smiling for a picture in this kind of situation where the Speaker has bent over backwards to say publicly and privately this is somber, this is not a time for celebration."
Henderson agreed it was "jarring" and "off-message," saying, "You heard Pelosi say that this is a sad and tragic day, and then there she is holding up the pen and having photographs taken with those pens, so it is a little off-message for somebody who has tried to set a very serious tone."
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