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As they wrapped the final moments for each side before they close out the Senate impeachment trial, there was a moment that some are already calling one for the ages.
Chief Justice John Roberts asked for a response to the President’s counsel on the last question of the evening, “Could you please respond to the answer just given by the President’s counsel and provide any other comments the Senate would benefit from hearing before we adjourn for the evening?”
At that moment, impeachment manager Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) jumped up and moved quickly to the podium to give the last word of the proceeding.
House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA), the primary impeachment manager, got up and tried to call him back, saying audibly loudly on the mic: “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!” He clearly wanted to be the one to have the last word.
But Schiff failed, Nadler kept on and was not to be deterred. He then delivered an absolutely horrific droning long-winded response.
Rep. Jerry Nadler got up to get the last word in for the night. Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead impeachment manager, got up and tried to get Nadler's attention: "Jerry. Jerry. Jerry." pic.twitter.com/M5K2OBXoK1
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 31, 2020
The incident was roundly mocked on social media and sparked a lot of humor.
This video of Adam Schiff desperately trying to stop Jerry Nadler from seizing the microphone is priceless.
"Jerry. Jerry! JERRY!”pic.twitter.com/mZ2x2M3QnL
— Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) January 31, 2020
I can’t. Stop. Laughing.😂
— joey in the woods (@joeyinthewoods) January 31, 2020
I can’t get over this video.
Dems ask for a closing statement on the night. Nadler, clearly fed up, jumps to his feet and scurries to the mic, ignoring audible protests of lead manager Schiff.
Then Nadler gives a terrible lecturing close.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) January 31, 2020
I focused on watching Rs in chamber during this. Many of them had wry smiles, eyebrows arched, clearly unimpressed and perhaps a bit stunned at fact that Nadler felt need to do this. https://t.co/NdccevPOby
— Jon Ward (@jonward11) January 31, 2020
— NOLAnon (@the504ever) January 31, 2020
That. Was. Awesome.
— JB (@josephbarrett89) January 31, 2020
How could Jerry Nadler do that?
Adam Schiff had so many more conversations to fabricate
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) January 31, 2020
Schiff: “Jerry. Jerry. Jerry. Jerry.”
Nadler: Leeeeeroy Jenkins pic.twitter.com/AL4d4tlhqv
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 31, 2020
I can’t stop watching. And I can’t stop laughing! 🤣 #JerryJerryJerry
— Ellen Tanner (@ellentanner) January 31, 2020
Even MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell noticed it.
"Adam Schiff stood. He was ready to go to the podium. He only had to do about 3 steps to get there. Jerry Nadler had to do about 12.
"It's the FASTEST I've seen Jerry Nadler move, in the 25 years that I've known him." pic.twitter.com/EVziTG6Km6
— Francis Brennan (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@FrancisBrennan) January 31, 2020
Only appropriate. It started as a circus, it should end with one. Perfect coup de grace for Adam Schiff, he doesn’t get the last word and goes down in ignominious defeat.