The impeachment inquiry revolving around President Donald Trump's various potential high crimes and misdemeanors entered the next phase with open hearings in front of the House Intelligence Committee.
As Wednesday morning's hearing streamed live on C-SPAN, CBS and other major channels across America and the world, the historical testimony was not enough to keep Trump's second eldest son's attention.
Even though the President has labeled the whole affair "a witch hunt," there were no wizards and warlocks going head to head out on the floor to entertain his son.
William Taylor–the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, and George Kent–the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee, giving the public a glimpse into the proceedings that have previously been behind closed doors.
After Taylor testified that there was a direct "quid pro quo" between military aid to Ukraine and investigations to gain a political advantage for Donald Trump, Eric Trump gave his review of today's hearings with the hastag: #Snoozefest
"This is horribly boring..."
This is horribly boring... #Snoozefest— Eric Trump (@Eric Trump)1573664240.0
For as much time as the Democrats have spent trying to orchestrate “political theater” they have done a terrible jo… https://t.co/t0OeXwrSSb— Eric Trump (@Eric Trump)1573665248.0
Aside from the fact that clown shows are not boring, Trump's tweets followed Grisham's earlier reference to the "sham hearing" as a "colossal waste of taxpayer time & money."
This sham hearing is not only boring, it is a colossal waste of taxpayer time & money. Congress should be working o… https://t.co/eT7FOUvORz— Kayleigh McEnany 45 Archived (@Kayleigh McEnany 45 Archived)1573664058.0
The internet ruthlessly mocked Eric Trump's intelligence for his uninspired tweet.
@EricTrump Your father said something similar. Did you get your moral compass from him too?? #ImpeachmentHearings… https://t.co/cgZCRbLXjg— LVaddict618 🐿 (@LVaddict618 🐿)1573664545.0
@EricTrump And you are an idiot— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1573664863.0
@EricTrump Sesame Street is awesome, what are you talking about?— Rich Swinton 🇺🇸 (@Rich Swinton 🇺🇸)1573664263.0
@EricTrump Don’t worry, Eric. The pop-up book version of the Impeachment Hearings will be released just in time for… https://t.co/57GGVgZXHM— Trent Capelli 🇨🇦🇮🇹 (@Trent Capelli 🇨🇦🇮🇹)1573669758.0
Trump was redirected to a more G-rated version of the horror show.
@EricTrump Eric honey, you accidentally tuned to a wrong channel, this isn't Scooby-Doo, here let me show the button for Cartoon Network— Comfortably Numb (@Comfortably Numb)1573665004.0
But this case is taking too long to crack.
@YGalanter @EricTrump It was old man Trump from the haunted White House! https://t.co/h5WqPUdIkg— Natalie Eilatan ³³º¹ (@Natalie Eilatan ³³º¹)1573666382.0
@EricTrump Eric- Good news, there’s a Spongebob marathon on Nick— RenoSparksCow (@RenoSparksCow)1573665359.0
@EricTrump https://t.co/s0lfx8NgxG— hot bleach injection (@hot bleach injection)1573664695.0
Washington Post journalist Amy Gardner suggested that the proceedings' "boring" description might be a tactic to divert Republican viewers' attention from the testimony.
One wonders if this new talking point is intended to dissuade viewers from paying attention to what's being said. https://t.co/ntEit9mXXZ— Amy Gardner (@Amy Gardner)1573664562.0
@AmyEGardner not only is this not boring but it's historical AF— pfire☔Baby I Could Never Steal You From Another (@pfire☔Baby I Could Never Steal You From Another)1573664848.0
Former Obama speech writer Jon Favreau wrote:
I’m disappointed by the laziness and lack of creativity in the Trump/GOP “this is boring” response. Come on guys,… https://t.co/E5QVrbkeei— Jon Favreau (@Jon Favreau)1573664612.0
Those insightful enough got into Trump's brain to tap into his rationale.
@EricTrump I guess if your last name is Trump it would be hard to watch and hear what is being said by such a great… https://t.co/dBkoDgMtyO— MMarie D'Angelo (@MMarie D'Angelo)1573664694.0
@EricTrump The Trump impeachment hearings are serious proceedings for serious people. Trump men find it a snooze… https://t.co/VUV3hCG3mb— mollyswordmcdonough 🌊 (@mollyswordmcdonough 🌊)1573668421.0
Others spelled things out for him.
@EricTrump It's called governing. These are called witnesses. They are relaying something called facts. They are un… https://t.co/BF8TPIEkd4— Tango Jane (@Tango Jane)1573665549.0
Today's hearings closed with House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff vehemently clarifying that he did not meet with the whistleblower who first contacted the staff at the House Intelligence Committee before sending the complaint to the White House.
"Some of my colleagues made a statement repeatedly that I've met with the whistleblower, that I know who the whistleblower is."
"It was false the first time they said it, false the second time and it will be false the last time they say it."
Today's hearing lasted nearly six hours.
Later, the House Intel committee reconvened on a vote to table the motion proposed by Republican member Mike Conaway to subpoena the whistleblower to testify. Thirteen Democrats voted "yes" and nine Republicans voted "no."
You awake there, Eric?
The next hearing with the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, is scheduled for Friday, November 15, 2019 at 9 a.m. ET.