Update: Last night's State of the Union Address had its fair share of viral moments. Democratic women arrived clad in all-white as an act of defiance, Donald Trump's speech provided enough fake news to keep the media frenzy going for the remainder of his term, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pulled the move of the decade by tearing up her copy of the President's speech on live television. But while it was a big night all around, we couldn't help but focus on something that appeared much smaller: Nancy Pelosi's Mace of the Republic pin.
We first noticed Pelosi wearing the pin two months ago, when it was pinned to the front of the all-black suit that she wore to vote on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. It's fitting, then, that the meaningful pin would once again make an appearance for last night's occasion, an event that took place just one night before the Senate votes on those same articles, likely acquitting the President of both. The Mace of the Republic is one of the oldest symbols of the Republic and represents the order and authority of the House of Representatives. It's safe to assume that Pelosi wore the pin to remind everyone of the important role that she plays in restoring order to the United States government.
This time, Pelosi’s replica of the Mace of the Republic was seen pinned to her monochrome white suit. Meanwhile, other Democratic women wore green Equal Rights Amendment pins to show their support for the House vote coming later this month, PBS reports.
This story was originally published on December 19, 2019.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted in favor of two articles of impeachment, making Donald Trump the third impeached president in the history of the United States. And during the proceedings, it would appear that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may have been trolling Trump with her Mace of the Republic pin, one of the oldest symbols of the American government.
The pin is a smaller version of the ceremonial staff, a bundle of metal rods that represents authority and solidarity, and rests by the speaker’s desk when the House is in session. Historically, it’s used to restore order in the chamber. The actual staff has been a part of many significant events in this country’s history. But to us, it looks like Pelosi is wearing the nail that she intends to hammer into Trump’s presidency, ending it.
Vox notes, “Worn as a brooch, it delivers the unspoken message that Pelosi is the authoritative figure of the House. It asserts the political power she holds in office as speaker — particularly notable given that just yesterday, Trump accused her and House Democrats in a rambling letter of ‘declaring open war on American Democracy.’”
Now, six committees will present evidence to Pelosi as House Speaker to be reviewed by the Judiciary Committee and make the final call on whether or not Trump says in office — and we can’t wait to see what Pelosi wears.
This isn’t the first time Trump has been shaded with a well-placed brooch and a woman with an agenda. Last summer, Queen Elizabeth II may have been throwing shade at Trump with three different brooches during his state visit to Buckingham Palace in July, including one that she wore to her mother's funeral. And that's not where it stops. The suit she wore with the funeral pin is the same one she wore to Parliament following the Brexit vote, which @SamaruiKnitter, a jewelry blogger who explained the significance of the pieces on Twitter, referred to as Queen Elizabeth II’s “Official Outfit of Don’t Wanna.”