How bad was Cohen’s chicken stunt? Late-night hosts take rare shots at Dems: ‘Trump’s going to win again … isn’t he?’

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Rep. Steve Cohen’s chicken theatrics mocking Attorney General William Barr earned nothing but ridicule on the late-night television circuit.

From Jimmy Kimmel to Trevor Noah, late-night hosts slammed the stunt by Cohen who arrived at Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing bearing a ceramic chicken and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, which he proceeded to eat before his snickering colleagues.

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The Tennessee Democrat attempted to spin Barr’s no-show Thursday as an indication that he was afraid to testify before the House Committee.

“Wow, what a sick burn that is,” Kimmel sarcastically joked during his opening monologue on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday. “Trump’s gonna win again with stuff like that, isn’t he?”

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Cohen’s finger-licking props and mockery of Barr followed House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler’s attack on the attorney general for being “terrified” to show up. Barr refused to appear on Thursday after Nadler indicated that Judiciary Committee staff, not members of Congress, would conduct the inquiry.

“He is terrified of having to face a skilled attorney,” the New York Democrat said, ignoring the fact that Barr spent hours facing questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday over his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

On Thursday’s “The Daily Show,” Noah warned that stunts like Cohen’s would only motivate President Donald Trump to come to the hearing.

“Look, this was clearly a stunt, because a bucket of fried chicken isn’t going to get Bill Barr to come and testify. But it will get Donald Trump to come and see Congress,” Noah said.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

 

Over at NBC, “Late Night” host Seth Meyers thought the KFC stunt was not a great idea.

“Dude, if you want to order KFC, just order KFC, it’s fine — you don’t need to tie it into the hearing,”

(Video: YouTube/Late Night with Seth Meyers)

Cohen’s dig at Barr was purely political theater but it seems many were not even interested in the show. Even at CNN, the stunt was criticized as just “dumb.”

CNN Editor-at-large Chris Cillizza called the move a “pure political performance” which showed “how deeply dysfunctional and broken our political system in Washington actually is.”

“A fake hearing? With chicken props? This is how our elected officials are spending their time? This is who we are sending to represent us?” he asked in a piece for CNN Thursday. “What happened Thursday morning is simply a confirmation of what lots and lots of people already think about political Washington.”

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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