Was US Home Speaker’s ‘Podium’ Listed on eBay?

Within the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021, revolt on the U.S. Capitol within the District of Columbia, crews started clearing particles and cleansing vandalism within the centuries-old congressional constructing. And whereas damaged glass was cleared from the marble flooring, an unknown eBay person reportedly listed the rostrum for the U.S. Home of Representatives speaker for public sale on the web platform.

The itemizing was posted on Reddit shortly after the assault on the Capitol after a broadly circulated {photograph} confirmed a rioter and supposed Trump supporter carrying off the lectern (not podium) of the Home. Whereas the image is real, an earlier Snopes report concluded that particulars about it have been scarce — together with who the particular person was, the place the lectern got here from, or whether or not the particular person was in a position to depart the constructing with it.

It was additionally unclear if the lectern was in truth offered on eBay. An earlier model of the itemizing shared to Reddit supplied free delivery with an estimated supply date between Jan. 27 and Jan. 29. In an electronic mail to Snopes, eBay spokesperson Ashley Settle confirmed that any such listings have been “being eliminated and ended.” Although the itemizing in query had been deleted on the time of writing, the paged had been archived for reference.

Though the public sale ended on Jan. 6, 2021, it appeared to have obtained 167 gives that culminated in a successful bid of $99,900. A deeper look revealed that the vendor, basdvic1, had been an eBay member since November 2012 and had obtained 10 optimistic critiques. Snopes tried to contact the lister however didn’t obtain a response on the time of publication.

That being stated, it’s attainable that the itemizing and sale of the thing was made as a joke. A reverse-image search of the {photograph} used within the eBay itemizing confirmed that it was taken on Sept. 24, 2019, when Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced the formal impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Donald Trump following allegations that the president sought to stress the president of Ukraine to analyze his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The impeachment proceedings and subsequent costs of abuse of energy and obstruction have been the outcomes of a whistle-blower criticism that the Trump administration had withheld from Congress.

So, whereas it appeared that the itemizing of the thing was real, it’s unclear whether or not the precise congressional merchandise was offered, or if it had ever left the Capitol to start with.

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