President Donald Trump sought to undermine an impeachment witness by complaining that he'd been unable to eavesdrop on telephone conversations despite repeated attempts to do so -- and other social media users cringed.
Career diplomat David Holmes was called to testify Thursday in the House impeachment inquiry to describe the phone call he overheard between Trump and EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, in which the two officials allegedly discussed an extortion scheme against Ukraine.
Bill Taylor, the acting Ukraine ambassador, revealed the call last week in his testimony, and Holmes testified during a deposition that Sondland held the phone away from his ear as Trump loudly discussed the investigation of Joe Biden he wanted Ukraine's president to announce.
Trump, as Holmes read his opening statement, questioned how that was possible, boasting that his own hearing was great but simultaneously complaining about his past attempts to overhear phone calls had not been successful.
I have been watching people making phone calls my entire life. My hearing is, and has been, great. Never have I bee… https://t.co/VR26t3fTci— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1574346460.0
Other Twitter users found his defense to be baffling and weird.
extreme thanksgiving table energy right here https://t.co/40zEaa2pDg— Asawin Suebsaeng (@Asawin Suebsaeng)1574346556.0
@realDonaldTrump Just because you are old and hard of hearing does not mean others are also. I have overheard cell… https://t.co/PZ2SfBSkEi— Sandra D. Williams (@Sandra D. Williams)1574347638.0
@realDonaldTrump So you eavesdrop on everyone's private conversations? Weird flex, but ok.— mænd♉🦁 #BetterTogether (@mænd♉🦁 #BetterTogether)1574347677.0
@realDonaldTrump If that’s the case, I have to inform you your hearing is not so great because I’ve heard both side… https://t.co/OH4EYPDU2j— KellanSays (@KellanSays)1574347638.0
@realDonaldTrump You don’t hear because you have KFC & McD grease plugging your ear canals. Most of us can easily… https://t.co/lhDjMa4fZE— 🇨🇦🇺🇸JAX | Leg over & ride FFS (@🇨🇦🇺🇸JAX | Leg over & ride FFS)1574347632.0
@realDonaldTrump Then your hearing isn't "great". Neither is your now self-confessed impulse to eavesdrop.— Frank Max Truelove (@Frank Max Truelove)1574347670.0
@realDonaldTrump No, your hearing is nothing special at all. I *do* nearly always hear both sides of a phone conver… https://t.co/sYhT7dm7t0— Ignatius J. Reilly (@Ignatius J. Reilly)1574347629.0
@realDonaldTrump Get that hearing checked!— dgenoa 🇺🇸 (@dgenoa 🇺🇸)1574347629.0
P.S.: Donald Trump has clearly never listened in to a phone call from my mother.— Daniel W. Drezner (@Daniel W. Drezner)1574347481.0
@realDonaldTrump I think the President is losing his mind right about now. There is no way we can be sure he is foc… https://t.co/IAi6jM7Kg1— Steward Beckham (@Steward Beckham)1574346611.0
@realDonaldTrump So? You tried to eavesdrop but it didn’t work? Smooth criminal.— dawn renee (@dawn renee)1574347268.0
@realDonaldTrump That's because Trump has never been on the other side of his phone calls. Dude is loud.— St. Nick Jack Pappas (@St. Nick Jack Pappas)1574346581.0
@realDonaldTrump Are you deaf or do you not understand how phones work?— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️)1574346862.0
What is potus trying to say ? https://t.co/MT3xQik5Ze— Christopher C. Cuomo (@Christopher C. Cuomo)1574347184.0
Translation - I try to eavesdrop all the time and it never worked. You try it. See if it works for you. https://t.co/QKzSw1vVD4— John “I’m rich, b!tch!” Boner (@John “I’m rich, b!tch!” Boner)1574347361.0