SPONSORED:

Pelosi, other female Democrats wear black to mark 'somber' Trump impeachment vote

Pelosi, other female Democrats wear black to mark 'somber' Trump impeachment vote
© Greg Nash

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals 'It's still a BFD': Democrats applaud ruling upholding ObamaCare MORE (D-Calif.) and a group of female Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday wore dark clothing on Capitol Hill to mark the House's vote on articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE.

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics as study finds them prevalent Cosmetic chemicals need a makeover MORE (D-Mich.), who was wearing a dark grey coat with black lapels, told The Hill that some female members of Congress typically wear red on Wednesdays to show solidarity with issues such as human trafficking and women's heart health awareness.

But they decided to wear darker colors this week to mark the "somber" occasion, she said. 

ADVERTISEMENT
"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 as she left the House floor.

Pelosi, Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsIt's past time we elect a Black woman governor Demings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden mission abroad: reward friends, constrain adversaries MORE (D-Fla.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornWhy does Rep. Johnson oppose NASA's commercial human landing system? The US's investment in AI is lagging, we have a chance to double it What should Biden do with NASA and the Artemis Program? MORE (D-Okla.), who represents a swing district, were among the lawmakers spotted on the Capitol wearing black. 

The Speaker told NBC News that she was "sad" about the day's proceedings. 

The move to sport dark clothing did not appear to be widely coordinated, however. Female Democratic lawmakers arrived in the House chamber wearing a variety of colors. 

Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko (Ariz.) also gave a forceful speech condemning impeachment while wearing a black coat. 

ADVERTISEMENT

The Democratic-controlled House is prepared to vote on two articles of impeachment 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. 

Ahead of the vote, Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues that they would be "derelict" in their duty if they did not vote to impeach Trump. The impeachment vote follows a House inquiry largely based on allegations that Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to announce investigations into his political rivals. 

Trump has repeatedly dismissed charges of wrongdoing.

In a scathing letter sent to Pelosi on Tuesday, the president accused Democrats of waging "nothing more than an illegal, partisan attempted coup."

Cristina Marcos contributed to this report.