Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) drew groans as he tried to defend President Donald Trump from the threat of impeachment in a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced Thursday the committee was investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment, although he set aside debate over the “nomenclature” of what to call the constitutional process, and Gaetz complained the inquiry was a waste of time.
“If we zoom out a little bit and ask ourselves why we’re here, it may be important to note that throughout all of the majority’s theatrics, they have failed to move the needle at all when it comes to the people of this country,” Gaetz said.
He cited a Monmouth University poll from late last month showing only 35 percent of Americans supported impeachment, compared with 59 percent who opposed, and Gaetz said Democrats had failed to make their case.
“If we just check the scoreboard, my friends, we’ll find that you’re losing and you’re not making up any ground despite the fact that over and over again you try to smear the president of the United States with false accusations,” Gaetz said.
Gaetz said he wasn’t sure what to call the Trump inquiry, and dismissed the process with anti-LGBT slurs.
“I’ve called it impeachment in drag because we’ve sort of dressed up impeachment like an oversight hearing,” Gaetz said. “Perhaps it’s low-T energy impeachment or low-energy impeachment.”
The Florida Republican then drew groans by suggesting that Nadler was afraid of being primaried from the left.
“I would hope, at least, that these proceedings are not more about the chairman’s upcoming primary challenge than about the important work of the committee and about the country,” Gaetz said. “Moan and groan all you want, we’ve got circumstances here where you guys can’t move the country. You don’t have any support for this endeavor and we lurch along — it’s like a ‘Seinfeld’ hearing. It’s a hearing about nothing.”
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."