Several House Democrats humiliated Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday during a House Rules Committee hearing after she accused them of voting to impeach President Donald Trump in Congress before they were even in office.
Throughout the impeachment hearings, House Republicans have been desperately trying to undermine the proceedings and embarrassing themselves in the process. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) both made asses of themselves during House Intelligence Committee hearings. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) threw multiple temper tantrums defending Trump on the House Judiciary Committee.
It was no different on the House Rules Committee on Tuesday when Lesko took her turn to speak just a day prior to the full House taking a vote on two articles of impeachment.
Lesko went on a rant accusing Democratic members of Congress of voting in favor of a previous impeachment resolution, desperately trying to portray them as plotting to impeach Trump from the beginning.
“[There] were actually articles of impeachment on the floor of the House of Representatives that, if it had not been tabled, you actually would have been voting on the floor of the House of Representatives for articles of impeachment against the president,” Lesko said. “The one that was on December 6, 2017, was because you didn’t think, you didn’t like that President Trump said something negative about the NFL anthem protest and called a member of Congress ‘wacky,’ and all nine of you, all nine of you here voted against tabling that.”
There’s just one problem. Several of the members Lesko accused of voting for the previous impeachment resolution were not even in Congress. They didn’t take office until much later, something Rep. Joseph Morelle (D-N.Y.) pointed out.
“Mrs. Chairman, with all due respect, if I could just interrupt, I don’t think Mrs. Scanlon or myself or Donna Shalala were members of the House,” he said.
Humiliated, Lesko sputtered out an apology.
“Oh, oh, oh, this is — I was on the wrong one,” she said. “I apologize. Thank you for pointing that out to me.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Attempting to deflect on Trump’s behalf during a Rules Committee hearing on impeachment, GOP Rep @DebbieLesko accuses several Democrats of previously voting to bring up an impeachment vote. But then she is informed that several of the members she is attacking weren’t in Congress. pic.twitter.com/seHZdF7vMW
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) December 17, 2019
Republicans really need to learn to think before they spout accusations in public that will only backfire against them. But since that won’t happen, we can expect even more desperate shenanigans during the full House vote.
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