‘Mom? Can you hear me?’ Cuomo faceplants while trying to prove Trump wrong yet again
CNN’s Chris Cuomo attempted to prove President Donald Trump wrong about whether a non-speakerphone call could be overheard by a bystander – by calling his mother, live on air. Cringe ensued.
Cuomo called up his mom to disprove Trump’s claim that “he’s never been able to hear a phone call when it wasn’t on speakerphone from anybody,” asking her to say hello to his co-host, Dana Bash. If Cuomo was right, and Trump was wrong, Bash should have been able to hear Mom’s voice. It didn’t quite go that way.
Chris Cuomo calls his mom to prove you can hear someone talking on the phone without speakerphone and it was... something."Can you just say hello? Mom? She probably can't hear me. Mom, can you hear me? Mom? Say hello to Dana Bash." pic.twitter.com/KImamgOCxf— Danielle Misiak (@DanielleMisiak) November 21, 2019
The stunt fell flat, leaving Bash expectantly staring at the phone. Cuomo quickly pressed speakerphone, allowing everyone in the room to hear his mother’s voice briefly, then switched it off and again asked her to talk. After a few awkward seconds of silence, he nevertheless declared victory – even as a co-host protested he’d heard nothing.
“But this is across the table!” the co-host insisted, pointing out that he was the exact distance from Cuomo that US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland had been when David Holmes, chief policy aide to US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, supposedly overheard a phone conversation with Trump while sitting in a restaurant.
Twitter didn’t hold back on mocking Cuomo, including multiple references to his hated nickname, along with a surprising number of comparisons to celebrity lawyer Johnny Cochran’s “If the glove does not fit, you must acquit” moment during the O.J. Simpson trial.
“Pretty sure i heard her say, ‘Lighten up Fredo,'” snarked one tweeter.
Transcript from convo:Chris : Mom? Can you hear me?Chris’ Mom: Fredo? Is that you ? Fredo I’m here. How are you? Fredo?Chris: She probably can’t hear me.— Jade Lupinacci (@LupyMagic) November 21, 2019
OMG - this is rich. I guess Fredo didn't take notes during the OJ trial. "Can you just say hello? Mom? She probably can't hear me. Mom, can you hear me? Mom? Say hello to Dana Bash."https://t.co/KHHUEpjcSo— Dave Hidding (@thinkofdave) November 21, 2019
CNN’s Cuomo trying to prove you can hear a conversation on another person’s cell phone (while on speaker, mind you) is the most ill-advised thing we’ve witnessed on live TV since Marcia Clark had OJ try the gloves on. Check with this video out: https://t.co/EK3GYVtnce— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) November 21, 2019
Cuomo’s stunt was a response to Trump’s insistence that Holmes could not possibly have overheard Trump’s side of the conversation in which Trump supposedly asked Sondland whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would “do the investigations” and Sondland replied that the leader would “do anything you ask him to.” By “the investigations,” Trump was presumably referring to the corruption probe of natural gas company Burisma that allegedly formed part of a quid pro quo between Trump and Zelensky, along with an inquiry into Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 election.
Holmes called his eavesdropping “an extremely distinctive experience in my Foreign Service career,” shocked that “a conversation of this level of candor, colorful language” could unfold between the president and a diplomat while he, Holmes, was seated at dinner with him.Also on rt.com Transcript of US ambassador to Ukraine reveals leaked ‘smoking gun’ testimony based on hearsay & ‘fake news’ media
However, that same conversation was already mentioned in the testimony of Taylor and Sondland himself, and Trump called the aide out on Twitter, noting that while he’d “been watching people making phone calls my entire life…never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation” - even when straining to listen.
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