Subtle detail in impeachment photo reveals swipe at Trump

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·3-min read

A subtle detail in a photo taken during Donald Trump’s impeachment vote reveals a thinly veiled swipe at the outgoing president.

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday (local time), with a majority of vote of 232-197.

He has become the first president in US history to be impeached twice, this time on a charge of “incitement of insurrection” after his supporters stormed the US Capitol building last week.

Following the impeachment, a photo emerged of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who led a push to oust the president.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seen wearing the same dress at Trump's impeachment votes in 2019 and 2021.
Nancy Pelosi during Trump's second impeachment (left) and her at the vote in 2019 (right). Source: Getty

While she rapped a gavel announcing the majority vote, people noticed one familiar detail they believed was a subtle jab at the president.

The dress Pelosi chose to wear for the impeachment vote was the exact same as her choice of outfit when the House of Representatives first voted to impeach Trump in December 2019 on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The charges stemmed from his request that Ukraine investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter ahead of the 2020 election.

Many on social notice ‘lucky charm impeachment dress’

Dozens commenting on social media noticed Pelosi’s seemingly-deliberate sartorial choice.

“Same outfit, same fight, same goal,” one wrote on Facebook.

“It's like the go-to funeral dress we all have in our closet,” another said.

“It’s her lucky charm impeachment dress,” a third added.

“Symbolic because it's another dark day for [Trump],” somebody else commented.

Pelosi asked Republicans and Democrats during a debate before the vote to “search their souls”.

"The President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country,” Pelosi, a Democrat, said on the House floor before the vote.

"He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love."

Is Trump’s removal likely before inauguration?

No US president has been removed from office through impeachment.

Three – Trump in 2019, Bill Clinton in 1998 and Andrew Johnson in 1868 – previously were impeached by the House, but acquitted by the Senate.

The usual process now is for the Senate to hold a trial for a president who has been impeached by the House.

Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House.
Trump may not face a Senate trial before his term is up on January 20. Source: Getty

The Senate is in recess and is not scheduled to return until January 19.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said a trial could not begin until January 20 – the day Trump is scheduled to leave office.

According to McConnell's office, bringing the Senate back early would require the unanimous consent of all 100 senators – an unlikely scenario.

However, Democrats disagree.

According to the office of Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a 2004 resolution allows the Senate to be brought back for an emergency session with the consent of both the Majority and Minority leaders.

with AP

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