Far-left MSNBC commentator Chris Hayes bluntly said Wednesday evening that any senators who find it too difficult to sit still for eight or more hours during President Donald Trump’s ongoing Senate trial should “resign tomorrow and go get another job.”
Considering that Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein reportedly left Wednesday’s trial hearings at 8:45 pm, at least an hour before its conclusion, it would appear Hayes’ demand doesn’t bode so well for her career.
“Goodnight,” @SenFeinstein said to me and @jenhab as she exited the Senate at 8:45 pm.
She left under the carriage entrance into an awaiting car.
There was almost an hour left on Wednesday night’s impeachment trial. https://t.co/7E1woQ0ENT
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) January 23, 2020
Hayes issued the remark while speaking with fellow MSNBC left-winger Rachel Maddow about the bipartisan boredom and disinterest being shown by Democrat and Republican senators alike during the president’s ongoing trial.
“It is a little bit weird,” Maddow complained. “We all thought it was within the rules that they had to be there. They had to attend and sit there and not eat or drink anything other than milk or water. And they needed to not have their phones and they needed to not speak.”
Her desire for Democrat and Republican senators alike to deprive themselves of food, non-milk/water beverages (what about coffee!?) and even banter seems “a little bit weird” as well, not to mention authoritarian …
To be fair, the rules of an impeachment trial are extremely strict.
“It has a tradition of civility — and for grave and rare impeachment trials, specific rules: No coffee or snacking on the floor. No pacing, note-passing, working on other matters or chit-chat. Technically, only water is allowed in the Senate chamber, but there have been exceptions in years past for milk and even eggnog,” the AP notes.
Yet numerous senators were seen chewing on snacks or drinking something besides water. In their defense, they’re still human, after all ….
After some remarks from left-wing MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley, Hayes then cut in to share his uber-serious perspective on the matter.
“We also live in a country in which we ask every citizen to serve on juries,” he said. “Most of those people have other jobs they have to take leave from. If the trial goes for a long time, often they don’t collect their paycheck from that and are given a meager amount of money relative to what some of those people might make.”
“These peoples’ jobs is to do this. This is literally their job. If you find it too annoying or frustrating or uncomfortable to sit for eight hours and listen, you can resign tomorrow and go get another job.”
It’s not clear whether he and Maddow realized that both Democrats and Republicans were seen violating impeachment trial rules. Because some outlets like The Washington Post focused almost exclusively on highlighting Republican “misbeheavior” during the trial, they may have genuinely believed every Democrat behaved like a perfect angel. That, however, was far from the case.
“Senator Bernie Sanders could be seen nodding off, slouched deep in his wooden desk with his chin bobbing on his chest,” the nonpartisan Courthouse News Service reported Wednesday.
“A Democrat in the back row leaned on his right arm, covered his eyes and stayed that way for nearly a half-hour,” the Associated Press added in its own report.
“Some openly snickered when lead prosecutor Adam Schiff said he’d only speak for 10 minutes. And when one of the freshman House prosecutors stood to speak, many of the senator-jurors bolted for the cloak rooms, where their phones are stored.”
Meanwhile, presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar was spotted chewing what appeared to be gum, while fellow candidate Sen. Cory Booker was seen getting up from his desk (OH NO!) and leaning up against a marble pillar near the back of the trial room. Should he resign?
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? Schiff manages bipartisan consensus at trial with Sens reportedly dozing off, ‘bored out of their minds’ https://t.co/CKKuqrDPO5
— ❌nuuzfeed (@nuuzfeed) January 23, 2020
Hayes and Maddow weren’t the only two far-left news hosts to cry over the senators’ apparent boredom and disinterest. Over at CNN, far-left anchor John Berman ranted and raved about the same issue.
“This isn’t digging ditches, this isn’t manning a fox hole, this isn’t working an assembly line,” he complained angrily Thursday on CNN’s “New Day.” “This is sitting in a chair and enjoying all the milk you can drink. But I guess it’s not like the future of the Republic is at stake. Oh, wait, it is.”
It’s already known without a shadow of a doubt that the president will NOT be removed from office, meaning there is literally nothing at stake.
“Remember, this is the so-called upper House, the cooling saucer, the higher chamber. Those cushy six-year terms, which apparently aren’t long enough for some to spare a few minutes to sit down,” Berman continued.
This whiny, complaining attitude by Berman, Hayes and Maddow does seem to speak to the growing belief that so-called “journalists” are narcissistic, self-absorbed spoilsports.
As for the actual men and women who were ELECTED to office, they seem far more relaxed about the ongoing trial process.
In fact, Sen. Ted Cruz’s been busy making jokes about it:
Hour 23 of redundant impeachment arguments. For those following at home: Drinking game—every time House Dems say “drug deal” or “get over it”…drink a shot of milk!
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 23, 2020
But don’t tell Berman, Hayes and Maddow, because God only knows how they’ll respond.
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