In a rare moment, CNN hosts came together Tuesday with Fox News hosts and Republican lawmakers in agreement over former President Donald Trump’s legal team’s less-than-impressive first day of the impeachment trial. Most of the ire was directed at Bruce Castor, who opened for the defense. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who initially voted against the constitutionality of a second impeachment, switched his vote afterwards, citing the poor performance by Trump’s team, calling them disorganized.
“I mean,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper said, “I’ve heard drunk wedding speeches which have been more organized than some of what we heard today.”
“I've got to tell you, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Lemon said. “I was stunned by the Trump lawyer’s performance. Just stunned. It was awful. Let’s be honest, it was awful.”
“I thought it started a little meandering,” Hannity said. “It was sort of like a lot of free association in the beginning. And I’m not attacking your partner, I don’t know him at all, but I like focused arguments.”
As Hannity was handing off to Laura Ingraham, just seconds after the exchange between Lemon and Cuomo, Ingraham may have had the harshest criticism.
“It was terrible,” Ingraham said. “I’m sorry, it was…” “Extemporaneous,” Hannity broke in. “You’re way too charitable,” Ingraham responded. “If you hired that guy in a case that you are paying the bills on, it would've been like, ‘I’m sure you're a nice person, but enough praise towards the Democrats.’” Hannity added, “I was a little nervous in the beginning.”
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