CNN anchor Chris Cuomo became the subject of widespread mockery when he tried to disprove a theory put forth by President Trump on live television, and failed in epic fashion.
In fact, he actually proved exactly what the President had claimed.
David Holmes, political counsel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, was not on a phone call between President Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, but testified on Thursday that he “could hear the President’s voice through the earpiece of the phone.”
President Trump almost immediately took to Twitter to argue that the odds of that happening were unlikely.
“I have been watching people making phone calls my entire life. My hearing is, and has been, great. Never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation,” he argued.
The President then somehow baited Cuomo by adding, “Try it live!”
And Cuomo did …
Cuomo apparently responded by saying in his own mind, ‘challenge accepted,’ and proceeded to call his mother. On live television. Where everything proceeded to go downhill in a hurry.
“Let’s just play with that for a second. Mom can you hear me?” Cuomo asked to no avail. “I’m with Dana Bash… can you just say hello? Mom? She probably can’t hear me.”
But mother Cuomo had no issue hearing young Fredo. It was he who could not hear the voice on the line as he held it down slightly, just as President Trump had alluded to.
“Mom, can you hear me?” he asked one more time after putting it on speakerphone.
“I hear you, when you talk to me I hear you,” she replied at that point.
Cuomo then took it off speaker again and, like clockwork, couldn’t hear her. Nor could anybody on set, including Bash who was sitting right next to him.
Too many people to list immediately pointed out the similarities between Cuomo’s stunt and that of prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson trial asking the football star to try on the gloves used the night of the murder.
Others mocked Cuomo for aiding Trump’s defense against the testimony.
Steve Krakauer, a former producer for CNN, even mocked Cuomo.
“Hard to find a TV news clip that more perfectly encapsulates the problem with the media in 2019 than this from CNN today – from Chris Cuomo calling his mom and proving the exact opposite point he’s trying to make, to John Dean’s conspiracy theory, to everything in between,” he wrote.
Cuomo, much like the network he works for, failed.
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