Standing under an umbrella and bellowing over the sound of chopper blades, Donald Trump told reporters on Monday that he is refusing to send a lawyer to his impeachment hearings because it is a "hoax" and a "disgrace."
According to the president, complaining about the hearings that are ongoing as he departs for London for NATO talks, "It's a disgrace for our country … The whole thing is a hoax."
Twitter commenters were quick to jump on the president -- who was remarkably silent on the social media platform over the holiday weekend -- for not understanding that he is hurting his own case.
As one commenter noted, "That's not how it works."
You can see a sampling below:
President Trump on impeachment inquiry: "It's a disgrace for our country…The whole thing is a hoax." https://t.co/YCzAcBvk0u— CSPAN (@CSPAN)1575300704.0
@Yamiche Tiny little cowardly worm.— StupiditySucks 🇺🇲 America is not MAGA (@StupiditySucks 🇺🇲 America is not MAGA)1575300856.0
@Yamiche If he won’t participate and defend himself, tell him to shut up.— mizelaineous (@mizelaineous)1575301079.0
@Yamiche Translation: "If we agree to participate, we can't keep calling it a hoax which continues to be our only strategy."— Leigh Clark (@Leigh Clark)1575300823.0
@markknoller "disgrace" is Trump's big boy last resort word. It's the "final judgement" word he uses. I doubt tha… https://t.co/47RTkuAzmb— Joe Delmonaco (@Joe Delmonaco)1575300265.0
@Yamiche We should hear no more complaints about lack of representation hereafter.— Donald Bouchard (@Donald Bouchard)1575301183.0
@markknoller But his spokespeople have been all over the air decrying the fact that he hadn’t been able to present… https://t.co/dmsL5PULWq— Cynthia🤶🏻Lou🤶🏻Who (@Cynthia🤶🏻Lou🤶🏻Who)1575300745.0
@markknoller His whole life this guy has used projection skills to accuse his perceived enemies of the exact same o… https://t.co/pjxCazeT1I— Modello Especial (@Modello Especial)1575300697.0
@markknoller Awesome and that’s not how this works. Imagine being on trial for murder and just saying it’s a hoax and I’m not showing up🙄— Feral Shouting Yam (@Feral Shouting Yam)1575300574.0