Trump campaign rips Washington Post reporter for ‘Merry Impeachmas!’ tweet: ‘What a joke’
President Trump’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 Parscale, and the president’s son Eric Trump 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.
Media needs to stop acting like they are “impartial”. https://t.co/F89tPhbRZT
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) December 19, 2019
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
Very normal … nothing to see here.https://t.co/2ctNfEPeaW
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) December 19, 2019
Do these people have any self awareness? Any at all? pic.twitter.com/GaLa0lcV9U
— Stephen Miller (@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.
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