Many Americans anxiously watched the court proceedings of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial last week. Many were unimpressed by Trump's defense team, but a montage video shown on Friday was just absurd enough to attract a lot of attention—and derision.
The video was simply comprised of short clips of Democratic lawmakers saying the word "fight" in many completely innocuous contexts.
White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor shared what she witnessed inside the Senate chamber via Twitter and it doesn't disappoint.
Lawmakers from both parties were evidently as surprised, amused, and scornful of the video as many viewers at home.
Alcindor Tweeted her experience after she left the debacle behind.
Sen Tester reacted audibly to being featured in the Trump lawyer video & chuckled at the end when he was quoted as… https://t.co/mrI3TlN8jZ— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1613154399.0
Sen Sanders said something to Sen Cardin audibly at one point. He looked quite annoyed. Sen Whitehouse audibly la… https://t.co/IrYbnrIfpm— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1613155126.0
After watching the video, it's easy to see why lawmakers wouod laugh at the absurdity of it all.
Many people who were watching the broadcast of the trial also reacted to the video with laughter—and a healthy dose of sarcasm.
Did SNL put this together?— Jonathan Capehart (@Jonathan Capehart)1613152604.0
@thejordanader @Yamiche Hey don't insult honest, hard working clowns like that.— Scott Parrish (@Scott Parrish)1613156314.0
@gtconway3d YOU SAID FIGHT— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1613152609.0
Others just seemed confused by the move from Trump's defense team.
@robinsmith66 @Yamiche My g-son asked me innocently if there was a riot after any of those. 🤔 umm..no— Christal Alley (@Christal Alley)1613154785.0
Despite desperate-seeming moves like this video coming from his defense team, the Senate voted 57 to 43 to convict. But because of the 2/3 vote requirement as opposed to majority, former President Trump was acquitted at the culmination of his second impeachment trial on Friday.
It remains to be seen whether he will face charges in any other courts for his alleged involvement in inciting the Capitol riot earlier this year. Acquittal from impeachment by the Senate does not mean he cannot be tried in other criminal or civil courts.