Fox News political analyst Brit Hume — a 23-year veteran of ABC News who has covered politics for almost five decades — says the Democrats’ sloppy, drive-by impeachment won’t help President Trump. But it won’t hurt him, either.
Hume made the remarks to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who called impeachment-obsessed Democrats like House impeachment manager Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) “extremist and scary.”‘
Carlson said: “I’m wondering as I’m watching Congressman Jeffries speak who the intended audience is here. It’s hard to imagine many people watching at home will have their minds changed. It’s hard to imagine many will even understand what he’s saying. What’s the point of this?”
Hume — a frequent Trump critic — said the Democrats bloviated at length on Day 1 of the Senate impeachment trial to “get as much of their case and as much of their allegations and aspersions as possible before the public.”
Brit said this is because the audience for the impeachment trial will plunge substantially after the first day (and the public gets bored).
So Hume said the point of the public spectacle is to smear President Trump as much as possible because there’s almost no chance of a conviction.
“They don’t have much chance of convicting this President and removing him from office, but they do have a chance to do one of two things: One is they can put some Republican senators who are up for re-election on the spot, if they’re from states the President didn’t carry or isn’t particularly popular.
And the second thing they can do is to further [taint] the President for purposes of preventing his reelection. So they’re probably not going to win on this impeachment conviction, but they got a couple of political things they can do to help themselves.”
Carlson said it’s obvious that was the goal of this bogus impeachment theater from the beginning — to prevent Trump’s reelection.
“That’s clearly been the plan from Day 1,” Carlson said. “It prevents the progress of his agenda… and also to help their case politically. I just wonder if this is the way to go about it. I’m obviously not a disinterested party here. I’ve got strong opinions. But I’m watching this and I’m trying to put myself in the shoes of someone undecided and thinking, ‘This guy hasn’t convinced a single person. In fact, by the end, I’m thinking that I don’t know what they’re accusing Trump of. This guy [Hakeem Jeffries] is not winning me over.”
(Video: Tucker Carlson Tonight)
Hume replied, “That’s in the eye of the beholder. I suspect there’s a very large segment, particularly of our audience, who will find him as annoying as you do. Remember that all this is being led by Adam Schiff, a man who has pretty well established himself as somebody who has a great deal of difficulty telling the truth. And there he is, leading the way.”
Carlson quipped: “I guess what I’m saying is that whatever you think about Trump, these people strike me as extremist and scary.”
Tucker asked Hume if the impeachment will help President Trump. Hume said no, it won’t help him.
“This president, to a lot of people, is obnoxious,” Hume added. “I don’t think impeachment ever really helps.”
However, Hume added that the impeachment spectacle won’t damage Trump the way Democrats hope it will.
“If you look out across America and you think of the places where Trump is popular, I don’t think it’s moved the needle against President Trump at all,” Hume said.
Meanwhile, President Trump slapped back at the Democrats from Davos, Switzerland, where he’s attending the World Economic Forum.
“I would love to go [to the impeachment trial],” Trump said. “Wouldn’t that be great? I’d sit right in the front row and stare in their corrupt faces.”
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