In this image from video, impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks in favor of a amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
Remember back in December when House and Senate Democrats alike erupted into absolute conniption fits when Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) admitted in no uncertain terms that he had no intentions of being an impartial juror in the Senate trial once it started, and that he planned on working closely with the White House on trial strategy?
McConnell told reporters that he was “not an impartial juror. This is a political process … I’m not impartial about this at all.”
In response, Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) flipped out. “He was asked if he was an impartial juror,” Schumer stated. “He seemed to proudly say no. I would ask every one of our Republican colleagues, ‘Do you want someone who proudly says they’re not impartial to be on a jury?”
As to coordinating with the White House, McConnell said in December “there will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this”, which led to calls for him to recuse himself.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) absurdly told CNN at the time that a “mistrial” might need to be declared before things even got started in the Senate if McConnell refused to “recuse himself.”
McConnell, naturally, did not fall into their hypocritical traps on the issue of the supposed requirement for impartiality and non-coordination with the White House and (gasp!) the Senate trial managed to start with no hiccups in spite of it (and in spite of the left’s own impartiality issues).
But Townhall’s Katie Pavlich made an astute observation regarding today’s “question and answer” proceedings on the Senate floor. Namely, that House and Senate Democrats clearly had been the ones coordinating with each other in advance of today’s session:
Very obvious Senate Democrats coordinated with Democrat impeachment managers on what questions would be asked. They have video responses ready to go and their managers are reading from sheets of paper. Remember when the outrage was over McConnell coordinating with the WH?
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 29, 2020
Other Twitter users noticed, too, and chimed in:
Yes!! Ms. Garcia (House Manager) is now reading a prepared written response to Senator Shaheen's (D) question. They think we're idiots, and won't notice that.
— Jamie Sawyers (@jamie_sawyers) January 29, 2020
Old Hotness: “McConnell should recuse himself! How dare he coordinate!”
New Hotness: “Here’s the PowerPoint slides and print out responses to “random” Qs we are handing in tomorrow, k thanks”
— Mayor Pete’s Staff Of Color (@Breeezy45) January 29, 2020
THANK YOU! I SAID THE SAME THING TO MY HUSBAND!
— Janet Stevenson (@JanetSt0831) January 29, 2020
— Janies Got A GUN* (@texaskowgirls) January 29, 2020
Correct. The question just asked by senator kennedy to both sides was telling. The dems didn’t know how to respond and had to be reminded by roberts the clock needed to start soon.
— wdr (@bcrobuck) January 29, 2020
As I’ve said so many times before, if Democrats didn’t have double standards then they’d have no standards at all.
(Hat tip: Twitchy)