Friday, the president went on Fox & Friends, and what devolved has got everyone talking. Trump not only reclaimed the Ukraine conspiracy theory debunked by impeachment witness Fiona Hill Thursday, but he attacked Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who gave a damning testimony against the president, and got a standing ovation when she was done.
Many of those young people will see and hear clips of that man, like his interview on Fox & Friends this morning. And they will shake their heads in virtual disbelief.
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) November 22, 2019
Trump said this about Yovanovitch, who, according to him, is no angel:
“I said, ‘Why are you being so kind?’ ‘Well, sir, she’s a woman. We have to be nice.’ She’s very tough. I heard bad things.”
“This was not an angel this woman, OK?”
Trump: Says there's no way Holmes could have heard the phone conversation.
Also Trump: Practically screams into the phone for 53 minutes on Fox and Friends.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) November 22, 2019
“And there was a lot of things that she did that I didn’t like, and we’ll talk about that at some point, but I just want to let you know, this was not a baby that we’re dealing with.”
Yovanovitch took on Trump head-on during her testimony, even calling him out for targeting her in order to ruin her reputation after decades fo service to her country. Yovanovitch said:
“I obviously don’t dispute that the president has the right to withdraw an ambassador at any time for any reason, but I do wonder why it was necessary to smear my reputation also.”
Trump on Marie Yovanovitch. “The ambassador – the woman … I said, ‘Why are you being so kind? Well sir, she’s a woman, you have to be nice,’” he says on Fox and Friends
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 22, 2019
Check out the full interview on Fox & Friends below:
That wasn’t the end of Trump’s ridiculousness, however. This is some of the stuff Trump said in the interview about Ukraine:
“They gave the server to Crowdstrike or whatever it’s called, which is a company owned by a very wealthy Ukrainian, and I still want to see that server.”
"That's what the word is." Would someone please tell Trump he is President of the US with the most sophisticated intelligence services in the world. He does not have to rely on InfoWars or call Zelansky to find out where the DNC server is.
— Nicholas Lefevre (@nlefevre) November 22, 2019
“A lot of it had to do, they say with Ukraine,” he said. “Why did they give it to a Ukrainian company.”
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Trump on Fox News
Trump: "I just pulled out of Syria except I kept the oil."
Kilmeade: "You have 600 guys there."
— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) November 22, 2019
Fox Host Steve Doocey then asked Trump if he was sure:
“Are you sure they did that?”
Fox News hosts questioning the legitimacy of Trump's lies TO HIS FACE is a glorious – as is the sad, bewildered look on all their faces.pic.twitter.com/R00D1lr5oK
— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) November 22, 2019
That’s when Trump responded:
“That’s what the word is. That’s what I asked actually on my phone call you know. I asked it very point blank because we’re looking for corruption. There’s tremendous corruption. Why should we be giving hundreds of millions of dollars to countries when there’s this kind of corruption.”
@realDonaldTrump I can't believe you are on TV spewing this BS? There is nothing on that phone call transcript about you asking about the server. It was the Russians! I think you've lost Fox News…even they look incredulous. Now EVERYONE knows you're full of s**t. Incredible!
— Alistair Simm (@AlistairSimm) November 22, 2019
Impeachment witness Fiona Hill testified yesterday that the conspiracy theories from the right have to stop. She said this Thursday during her testimony:
“Based on questions and statements I have heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country — and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) November 22, 2019
People responding to the Fox News interview on Twitter were pretty pissed off about it as well. Below are some of the things people are saying:
Trump continues smear campaign against Amb. Yovanovitch. On Fox News, says GOP was "nice" to her only because "she's a woman"
“This was an Obama person–didn’t want to hang my picture” in the embassy.
“This was not an angel, this woman.”
— Toluse Olorunnipa (@ToluseO) November 22, 2019
President Trump on Fox News says Speaker Pelosi “is crazy as a bedbug”
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 22, 2019
— Lisa Limon (@LisaLimonTx) November 22, 2019
Fox News plays the clip of ‘grievance’ Donald Trump whine about Europe not paying for Ukraine aid.. without noting that Donald’s assertion is false. In fact, European Nations pay mor than the U.S. Just reckless disregard for the truth.
And fuck every advertiser on Fox News.
— Jack Hutton (@jackhutton) November 22, 2019
"Republicans don’t want the truth. They don’t want to govern. They want to craft a narrative that will play on a Fox News show or 4chan or some other right-wing site that can keep their base convinced that the evidence has exonerated Trump." — Heather Cox Richardson
— Jon Cummings (@jonfromcali) November 22, 2019
Trump is losing his god damn mind on Fox News right now
— samanthah23🦄 (@Halverson21S) November 22, 2019
Trump indicates he was watching plenty of Fox News on Thursday:
"I watched 5 people on your network yesterday say there's nothing here."
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) November 22, 2019
November 22, 1963, President Kennedy is shot and dies. Do you think he will get a mention from Donald Trump? Probably not. He’s too busy screaming fake news on FOX this morning. #Pathetic
— Sheila C. (@SheilaNJ) November 22, 2019
"If I didn't fire Comey, I would've been in some trouble right now."–Trump just now on Fox News
— Ivan the K™ (@IvanTheK) November 22, 2019
WH Dep Press Sec a Hogan Gidley: Trump wants a trial in the Senate so Republicans can call Hunter Biden, Schiff to testify. On Fox News.
Meanwhile, Rudy is running into trouble getting visas for Ukrainians>>> https://t.co/1y7sslz0gJ
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 22, 2019