President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial went so badly on the first day that Fox & Friends is begging their viewers not to watch it live and just turn to them for a summary of the proceedings instead.
Trump is on trial for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans are apparently not taking the articles of impeachment seriously, Democrats are, as more than 70 percent of the American people watch the trial unfold.
On Wednesday morning, the hosts of Fox & Friends insisted that the first day of the trial was “boring” or such a “circus” that their viewers should really avoid watching it and just tune in to watch them “summarize” it for them every morning.
“There were snippets, and we’re showing you the good stuff,” host Steve Doocy claimed. “It was unbelievably boring. I don’t know how people can follow it.”
“We watched so that you don’t have to watch the entire thing,” Pete Hegseth chimed in. “If you watched it, you felt like you were watching opening arguments — those haven’t even started yet. This is just the debate over the rules. I was sitting back watching last night thinking, this is a circus. My wife Jen corrected me — at least circuses are entertaining. This is just a show, you know how it’s going to end, 53-47 on every vote.”
“I don’t think the majority of people watched,” Ainsley Earhardt concluded. “I think they just turn to us to be able to summarize it for them because it was so long.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Fox & Friends downplays the impeachment trial: “It was unbelievably boring. I don’t know how people can follow it. … I don’t think the majority of people watched. I think they just turn to us to be able to summarize it for them because it was so long.” pic.twitter.com/nF4PVy0XgQ
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 22, 2020
The only reason why Fox & Friends is begging their viewers not to watch is because the first day was a total disaster for Trump and Senate Republicans.
For instance, McConnell was forced to change the impeachment rules. Due to overwhelming demand by Americans that the Senate trial be held during normal viewing hours, McConnell did not have the votes to force the trial to drag on into the dead of night when fewer people would be able to watch.
#ImpeachmentTrial Day 1
1 Cracks in McConnell’s control with changes to rules
2 Schiff performs masterclass for lawyers
3 GOP expert witness—Turley—pens article saying White House’s claim that impeachment requires a crime is bogus
4 Trump lawyers caught in “blizzard of lies” pic.twitter.com/Sdudg8atzD
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) January 22, 2020
Trump’s defense team was also woefully unprepared as they told lie after lie and got called out for it by the House impeachment managers. Pam Bondi insisted that Democrats denied Republicans the chance to ask witnesses questions during depositions and denied the witnesses a government lawyer, only for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to point out that House transcripts clearly show that Republicans were present and participated freely and that the deposition rules used by Democrats to deny government lawyers but allow private lawyers were laid down by Republicans.
“A couple of fact checks once again…”: Rep. Adam Schiff, lead House impeachment manager, follows up Pam Bondi’s argument by fact-checking points of her remarks https://t.co/EK6A6Md5Rx #ImpeachmentTrial pic.twitter.com/KP8WgxCyqh
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) January 22, 2020
And Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) used her experience as a former law enforcement officer to deliver a thunderous speech as the first day of the trial came to a close explaining Trump’s misconduct.
“As a career law enforcement officer, I have never seen anyone take such extreme steps to hide evidence allegedly proving his innocence,” she said. “The president is engaged in this cover-up because he is guilty, and he knows it.”
Val Demings: “As a career law enforcement officer, I have never seen anyone take such extreme steps to hide evidence allegedly proving his innocence.”
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 21, 2020
Overall, the first day proved that Senate Republicans are going to be under extreme pressure and duress as more and more Americans realize that Trump is guilty. His legal team is in disarray and their lies are obvious while the House managers present a solid case against him and strongly argue for witness testimony and additional evidence to be entered into the record.
Fox & Friends is not begging viewers not to watch because the trial is “boring,” they are begging viewers not to watch because they are frightened that their viewers will change their minds and turn on Trump.
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