Fox News host Jesse Watters dismissed the Democrats’ “boring” impeachment inquiry so far and said Americans don’t really care about Ukraine.
The co-host of “The Five” argued on Friday that the ongoing impeachment process is “not a sexy scandal” and average Americans are not as interested as Democrats and the mainstream media have made them out to be.
(Video: Fox News)
“Leave it to the Democrats to make impeachment boring,” Watters said.
“This is about a transcript of the phone call with a country no one cares about,” he said. “These are about transcripts from a deposition that we can’t even watch on television. And what do the transcripts say? It’s from the Under Secretary of Affairs for Energy Policy at the EU? These aren’t household names, they aren’t heavy hitters, wake me up when the big dogs testify in public.”
He went on to contend that “no one can find Ukraine on a map” and that Democrats have “failed to deliver” on the purported controversy.
“If you ask the American people anything about Ukraine, they don’t know a thing about it,” Watters said.
“Americans care about a few countries. They care about Saudi Arabia, they care about Israel, they care about Russia, China and Mexico. That’s it,” he added. “Ukraine doesn’t rise to the level of a country that people care about. We are talking about a military aid package to a country that I guess needs help, but a lot of people don’t really care that much about.”
Watters remarked on the lackluster visual appeal of media reports on the issue.
“If you turn on television, you see a reporter standing in Congress saying someone was hearing something from someone else who was concerned about a military aid package,” he said.
“It’s absolutely not registering in the American people’s brain because it’s not a sexy scandal. Russia was sexy, there was intrigue, people had handcuffs on ’em, it was about an election,” Watters added.
“This has no intrigue whatsoever and the Democrats have failed to deliver any sort of convincing narrative,” he argued, noting the lack of appeal of a “faceless whistleblower.”
“I would love to check your phone to see if mom has texted,” co-host Dana Perino quipped. “Some people do care about Ukraine.”
While hearings have been held behind closed-doors up until now, the pubic testimonies are set to begin next week as the impeachment process against President Trump moves ahead. Democrats have repeatedly come under fire for the conduct of the House committees running the proceedings and Republicans even stormed a secret hearing in protest of the way Adam Schiff has been conducting the investigation.
But, while Watters argued that the underlying Ukraine scandal is boring, the fireworks between Democrats and Republicans in the inquiry has been anything but dull.
Rep. Devin Nunes has called for Schiff himself to testify as a witness.
“Prior to the start of your public show trial next week, at least one additional closed-door deposition must take place,” the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee wrote in a letter. “Specifically, I request that you sit for a closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees.”
In the transcript from the Oct. 14 deposition of Fiona Hill, the former top White House adviser on Russia, a heated exchange between Rep. Matt Gaetz and Schiff was recorded as the Florida Republican interrupted the deposition by entering the closed-door hearing.
Gaetz was ordered to “absent yourself” from the room by the Democratic chairman but refused, contending that “I am on the judiciary committee.”
And on Friday during testimony from National Security Council official Alexander Vindman, Rep. Mark Meadows had had enough smug interruptions by Rep. Eric Swalwell and simply told the former 2020 contender to “shut up.”
Mark Meadows tells Eric Swalwell to ‘shut up’ during testimony https://t.co/3559zrE58D
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 9, 2019
Alas, making Jesse Watters’ point, all of the drama took place off-camera.
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