President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE's reelection campaign ripped Washington Post congressional reporter Rachael Bade for a since-deleted tweet that included a photo of four Post reporters with the caption "Merry Impeachmas" on Wednesday night after President Trump was impeached in two nearly party-line votes.
"Merry Impeachmas from the WaPo team!" wrote Bade while having dinner and drinks after impeachment votes were cast in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. "@pkcapitol is buying ... w/@karoun @seungminkim @mikedebonis."
Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE, and the president's son Eric TrumpEric TrumpJan. 6 organizers used burner phones to communicate with White House: report Mary Trump calls Donald Trump Jr. her 'stupidest' relative Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits MORE quickly criticized the tweet by Bade, who also serves as a CNN contributor, as an example of media bias.
"Ladies & gentlemen, your fair and objective press corps in action! What a joke," Parscale tweeted. "Media needs to stop acting like they are 'impartial'."
Ladies & gentlemen, your fair and objective press corps in action! What a joke.— Brad Parscale (@parscale) December 19, 2019
Media needs to stop acting like they are “impartial”. https://t.co/F89tPhbRZT
Ladies and gentlemen, the @WashingtonPost. This is “our” media in 2019... but don’t worry, they have an even lower approval rating than congress... #JournalismIsDead @JeffBezos pic.twitter.com/fDQ0Tf8QkN— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) December 19, 2019
A @washingtonpost reporter declares "Merry Impeachmas" as she and four colleagues appear to celebrate with beers and spinach & artichoke dip at the Dubliner in DC— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) December 19, 2019
Very normal ... nothing to see here.https://t.co/2ctNfEPeaW
Do these people have any self awareness? Any at all? pic.twitter.com/GaLa0lcV9U— Stephen MillerStephen MillerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules Midterms are coming: Will we get answers on Jan. 6 before it's too late? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP dealt 2022 blow, stares down Trump-era troubles MORE (@redsteeze) December 19, 2019
If you're tweeting "Merry impeachment" as a reporter, maybe you throw in the towel and become an opinion writer. Gig is over, Jan. Pathetic.— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) December 19, 2019
Bade deleted the tweet hours later, saying it was "being misinterpreted by some as an endorsement of some kind."
I’m deleting a tweeting tonight that is being misinterpreted by some as an endorsement of some kind. To be absolutely clear, we atthe Post are merely glad we are getting a break for the holidays after a long 3 months. I will retweet the group photo w/ a better caption !— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) December 19, 2019
A Washington Post spokesperson told The Hill that Bade was "off the clock" and wasn't celebrating impeachment.
“The reporter who sent out this ill-considered tweet was celebrating being off the clock after a long day covering impeachment," the spokesperson said. "She wasn’t celebrating impeachment.”
The Hill has also requested comment from Bade, who joined the Post earlier this year after working as a reporter for Politico.
Updated at 10:22 a.m.