Fox News host Chris Wallace called out a top House Democrat over the impeachment inquiry, telling him the public “isn’t buying” claims of bipartisan support for removing President Donald Trump from office.
(Video: Fox News)
“We do have a constitutional responsibility to serve as a check and balance on a potentially out-of-control executive branch,” Jeffries said.
“The founders didn’t want a king, they didn’t want a dictator, they didn’t want a monarch, they wanted a democracy so we have a responsibility to defend our democracy,” the New York Democrat added.
“We are here at this moment right now because the president decided to pressure foreign government to target an American citizen for political gain and at the same time withhold $391 million in military aid from a very vulnerable Ukraine which is [an] ally to the United States and is still at war with Russian-backed separatists in Crimea,” he told Wallace. “That is why we’re at this moment.”
“But congressman,” the Fox News host countered, “Democrats have been making that case — you’ve been making your best case to the public for two months now.”
“You just finished 30 hours of televised hearings, 12 witnesses, and the public apparently isn’t buying it at this point,” Wallace added. “It’s clear that there is none of the bipartisan support that Speaker Pelosi said for months was essential to impeachment.”
The New York lawmaker pushed back, invoking the Constitution and claiming Democrats are presenting Americans with the “truth.”
“Our job is to follow the facts, apply the law, be guided by the U.S. Constitution and present the truth to the American people no matter where it leads because no one is above the law. That’s what we have been doing, that’s what we are doing,” Jeffries replied after citing a poll that reportedly found about 50 percent of Americans support impeaching Trump.
The president fired up a rally crowd in Florida as he sparked boos and then chants of “bulls***!” after he called out the impeachment “witch hunt” being conducted against him by Democrats.
Florida rally crowd chants ‘bullsh-t!’ following Trump’s call on impeachment https://t.co/g70hu2CEsJ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 27, 2019
Opposition to impeachment rose from 43.8 percent to 45.6 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight average of national polls which also showed that support for the effort by Democrats dropped to 46.3 percent from 50.3 percent in mid-October. Only 41 percent of independents in the FiveThirtyEight average now support impeachment, a significant drop from the 47.7 percent in late October.
A Hill-HarrisX poll released last week showed that even Democrats have begun to lose interest as the poll, taken just after the first public hearings, indicated that the number of Democrats who said they were following the impeachment inquiry fell 5 percentage points to 73 percent.
Jeffries’ defense of impeachment, despite a lack of bipartisan support, earned him a tongue-lashing on social media as Twitter users blasted him, and even Wallace for good measure.
@RepJeffries was lying through his teeth when he said he wanted to work with the president.
— Webb (@cobra429jet) December 2, 2019
#DemsImpeachmentScam is an embarrassment to our nation.
— T-Covfefe (@MyPlace4U) December 2, 2019
I Don’t usually watch Liberal Wallace… I switch to FOX Business most of the time. I watched tonight because I saw the used car salesman he had as a guess… I’ve heard him lie before, so I watched. Wallace was weak calling him out for the most part, but there were moments…
— john english (@johneng79745544) December 2, 2019
Hakeem Jeffries; What a JOKE. You say you work for the people???????
Where have you and the REST of the Democratic party been for more than THREE YEARS …
DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS …
— Marta (@DarwinMarta) December 1, 2019
This must have been a particularly gut-wrenching interview for the Liberal Chris Wallace.
— Allahu Dogbar – K9 of Peace (@AllahuDogbar) December 2, 2019
It’s amazing to watch the ease at which Democrats can lie to the faces of the American people. https://t.co/gIhzilluCz
— Hayden ?? (@hlsitton) December 2, 2019
Hakeem Jeffries, this sounds like the fiery rhetoric used to stage a coup in a third world country. America is not a banana republic.
— Meredith Springer (@Chirpinagin) December 2, 2019
Democrat Hakeem Jeffries is living in an alternate reality.
Chris Wallace fact checks Rep. Jeffries on Dems pursuing impeachment since the moment Trump took office. pic.twitter.com/ulSW1i2GNm
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 1, 2019
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