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Nancy Pelosi Wipes Down Microphone and Podium After Democratic Colleague Cohen Uses Them

By CNSNews.com Staff | March 27, 2020 | 2:49pm EDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi uses a white disinfectant cloth to wipe down the microphone on the Democratic side of the House chamber, March 27, 2020. (Screen Capture)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi uses a white disinfectant cloth to wipe down the microphone on the Democratic side of the House chamber, March 27, 2020. (Screen Capture)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) used a white disinfectant cloth to wipe down the microphone and podium at the front of the Democratic side of the chamber in the U.S. House of Representatives after they had been used by her Democratic colleague, Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, to deliver a 30-second speech.

Cohen delivered his address—supporting passage of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid bill—wearing a purple surgical glove on his right hand but with no glove on his left. He read this speech from a cellphone he held in his gloved hand.

When Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland recognized Pelosi to come up and speak at the same podium after Cohen had finished, Pelosi approached the podium and used her left hand to pull a disinfectant cloth out of a dispenser that had been attached to the chair behind the podium.

She transferred the disinfectant cloth to her right hand and rubbed down the microphone and then the podium beneath it.

She then threw the used disinfectant cloth down on the table in front of the podium.

Rep. Steve Cohen speaking at the podium just before Speaker Pelosi, March 27, 2020. (Screen Capture)
Rep. Steve Cohen speaking at the podium just before Speaker Pelosi, March 27, 2020. (Screen Capture)

At the end of her speech, CSPAN cut to a distant shot from high above in the chamber--that appeared to show a white object (perhaps, but not certainly, the disinfectant cloth that Pelosi had thrown there at the beginning of her speech) still sitting on the table below the podium where she had spoken.

Screen shot of CSPAN video showing Speaker Nancy Pelosi at podium at the end of her speech, March 27, 2020.
Screen shot of CSPAN video showing Speaker Nancy Pelosi at podium at the end of her speech, March 27, 2020.




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