Monday 3 February 2020

Pelosi’s ‘Impeachment Pens’ Could Fetch $1.5 Million At Auction

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gleefully signed two articles of impeachment against President Trump — giddily giggling throughout the somber process — she used some special pens emblazoned with her name.
As she signed the documents, she handed out pens — 30 in all — to other laughing and smiling Democrats, fully aware that the impeachment was the most partisan in the history of the United States.
Those pens, says one auction site, could be worth some $1.5 million.
“Maryland-based Alexander Historical Auctions said that the 30 customized, black and gold pens Pelosi used to sign the articles of impeachment against President Trump could fetch up to $50,000 each at auction,” The Washington Examiner reported.
“There’s nothing like them,” said Alexander boss Bill Panagopulos. Alexander is an internationally-known online auctioneer of historical artifacts and autographs.
Similar to what presidents do when signing significant legislation, Pelosi used one pen for every stroke of her signature.
He said that the value would increase if Trump were convicted in the Senate.
As for the grotesque signing ceremony, even a couple CNN correspondents were put off.
“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 House speaker has bent over backwards to say publicly and privately this is somber, this is not a time for a celebration,” Dana Bash, CNN’s chief political correspondent, said in a segment on the network.
Fellow CNN political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson agreed with Bash, calling Pelosi’s doling out of pens “a little jarring.”

“It was a little off-message for someone who has tried to set a very serious tone, and here she is posing for photographs with a pen,” Henderson said.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham also bashed the move.
“Nancy Pelosi’s souvenir pens served up on silver platters to sign the sham articles of impeachment…She was so somber as she gave them away to people like prizes,” she wrote on Twitter.

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