'Don't Cheer': Pelosi Instructs Democrats Not to Gloat After Impeachment

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December 18, 2019

House Democrats have been instructed not to cheer the impeachment of President Donald Trump on what party leadership is calling a "sad" day.

An unnamed Democrat representing a pro-Trump district told Axios that party leaders told the caucus, "don't cheer, keep it solemn." CNN also reported that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and her staff had told the caucus not to gloat.

The House will vote Wednesday to determine whether Trump will be the third U.S. president to be impeached. Pelosi and other top Democrats have frequently referred to the process as "sad."

"We think this is a very serious and sad day for the country in some ways, but a responsibility that we could not shirk," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) told CNN ahead of the vote.

Not all members of the Democratic caucus have shown such reticence.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) told a cheering crowd in January that Democrats were going to go "impeach the motherf—er" after winning a majority in the House of Representatives. Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) began calling for Trump's impeachment on a variety of grounds shortly after the president took office.