Fox News hosts Greg Gutfeld and Sean Hannity appealed to viewers to hold Republican senators’ feet to the fire on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
The hosts each addressed the upcoming Senate trial during segments on their shows Monday, with Gutfeld slamming the “fakery” of the process and urging viewers to press lawmakers to “get this crap over with” quickly.
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Giving out the phone number for the Senate switchboard in Washington, D.C., Gutfeld told viewers on “The Five” that they should call their senators and demand an end to the “spectacle” of an impeachment trial which is set to begin Tuesday.
Gutfeld addressed the insincere posturing by Democrats claiming that impeachment is serious and somber while making celebratory media appearances, pointing to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent fist-bump with left-wing commentator Bill Maher.
“When you say impeachment is forever, it’s telling you this is an emotional victory for her. It’s personal. It’s not even political,” Gutfeld said, referring to comments made by Pelosi on Maher’s HBO show.
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“This is about, we’re going to get that guy back. And the fist bump. It’s all about personal. They’re going to lose, but they still have that to keep them warm at night,” he added.
“The problem with the news is we are an easy mark,” Gutfeld told his co-hosts, noting how Fox News has no choice but to cover the impeachment.
“We believe in the definition of objectivity is turning the camera on showing what’s happening. The problem is there’s no defense against being exploited. So what the Dems, they’re very smart, you can get objective news by creating this spectacle and everybody has to put the camera on and preempt shows like ‘The Five’ because we’ve gotta show it!” he contended.
“When we are preempted by something called the news, remember it’s only news because they are telling you it’s news. The pomp and circumstance, slow walk, dramatic pauses, the language. It’s fakery. Artifice to make you feel like it’s news when it’s not.” Gutfeld explained.
“So, I have a suggestion to the reader, I mean the viewer at home who feels hopeless,” he continued.
“You can call your senator and you can tell them to get this crap over with as soon as possible because you want to watch ‘The Five.’ I want you to get a pen. Get a pen right now,” he said before giving out the phone number.
“You can tell them get this over with because you’re not going to miss an episode of ‘The Five.’ It’s just not fair” Gutfeld said, joking, “Feel free to call Fox News and let them know that we should all get raises, especially me.”
Later Monday, Fox News host Sean Hannity also had a message about the imminent impeachment trial.
The host of “Hannity” spoke directly to GOP senators, telling them to do their jobs, while also addressing viewers who have to hold their elected officials accountable.
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“No Republican senator — listen, voters out there, you elect these people — should give this one iota of legitimacy. Those Republicans, the people you’ve elected who want to prove their moral superiority and sense of extra-special fairness, you need to focus on your constitutional role, period, which is why the voters hired you,” Hannity said.
“Now you, the American people, you need to know this. It is not your Republican senator’s job to bolster what are pathetically weak articles of impeachment from the House,” he added.
“It is not your senator’s duty to call witnesses that the House didn’t even subpoena. It is not your representative’s responsibility to investigate evidence the House neglected to examine. There are no do-overs. The Senate doesn’t get to take on the constitutional role of the House,” Hannity continued.
“Senators review the articles of impeachment. That’s it. As delivered by the House. They now have House managers. They will present their case. And your Republican senators need to render a verdict. That’s it,” he explained.
The Fox News host warned of the impeachment’s “ramifications” on the future of the American presidency.
“These articles are an affront to our entire constitutional system,” Hannity said. “The ramifications would transcend and alter the presidency, the executive branch of our government.”
“Your elected senators must not capitulate, lend legitimacy to the demands of a compromised, in this specific case, congenital liar whose been lying to us for three years, Adam Schiff,” he said, referring to the Democrat congressman from California “and the rest of his malignant house managers.”
“That’s because this is a baseless impeachment,” he concluded. “It has been a politically motivated witch hunt from the very beginning.”
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