WASHINGTON The White House reacted to the first day of public impeachment hearings with unfocused statements, personal attacks and occasional exclamation-pointed Twitter statements by President Donald Trump himself in other words, as if it were any normal Wednesday.
The White House press staff announced midmorning that Trump was “not watching, but working,” only to see the president’s Twitter account repeatedly post about the testimony. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham declared the hearing to be “boring,” not long before Trump in a photo opportunity said the hearing that he supposedly was not watching featured “television lawyers.”
Trump’s Republican allies on Capitol Hill, meanwhile, brought up various elements of a conspiracy theory about Ukraine in their questions to the two witnesses testifying before the House Intelligence Committee.“Democrats are talking facts, what Trump did, what Trump said,” former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, who is running against Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination, told HuffPost. “Republicans are responding with ‘Deep state! Hillary! The dossier! Witch hunt!’”