Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), along with a group of female Democratic lawmakers are letting their outfits do the talking to mark the House’s vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Arriving Wednesday morning to the House proceeding in the Capitol, Pelosi was seen wearing a black collared dress that was accessorized with a gold choker necklace and a gold mace brooch. The ceremonial brooch represents her authority, known as the Mace of the Republic or Mace of the United States House of Representatives.
The Mace pin, made by Ann Hand, a designer in Washington, D.C. is brass with a gold overlay and has a faux pearl in the center that represent the globe. It retails for $125, and it is now on backorder.
This is not the first time Pelosi has worn this pin. She has worn it on a number of important public occasions since first winning re-election as speaker of the House. The last time Pelosi wore the pin was in October when she and Representative Adam Schiff held a news conference to announce that they had decided to move forward with articles of impeachment.
According to Pelosi colleague, several female Democrats intentionally wore black to “signal it is a somber day.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), was seen wearing a black coat paired under a burgundy pussy bow silk blouse. Asked by a reporter at the Capitol if she and Pelosi wore dark colors by design, Ocasio-Cortez said, “Well I think one of the things that our caucus has consistently said is that today is a solemn day for our country.”
“(We) laid out over several months what the president has done to essentially extort foreign governments to betray our nation and enrich himself,” she said. “So today isn’t a day of celebration, but I think it is a day of resolve and a day that we’re upholding our oath and our constitutional duty.”
Rep. Pramila Jayapal(D-WA) joined the Democrat coordination by wearing a black top underneath a dark purple striped jacket.
Reps. Donna Shalala from Florida, Robin Kelly from Illinois and Suzanne Bonamici from Oregon were all also seen wearing either a black dress or pants suit.
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) who wore a dark grey and black wool coat, told Fox News that some members wore black to mark the tone of impeachment.
“It was informal,” Dingell told reporters after leaving the House floor of the black ensemble coordination. “It’s a somber day.”
“Normally we wear red [on Wednesdays] and we said, ‘We can’t do that today.’ So, many of the women are in darker colors because it is a somber day,” Dingell added.
This isn’t the first time Democrats coordinated their outfits. During the State of the Union address in February, dozens of members wore white to support women’s suffrage and protest the administration’s alleged attempts to roll back progress for women.
The Democratic-controlled House is prepared to vote on two articles of impeachment in the evening, charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Nearly every House Democrat is expected to vote in favor of the articles, which would make Trump just the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.
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