CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo forced his super panel of pundits and his audience to endure a segment of cringeworthy live television on Thursday, all for the sake of arguing with a Trump tweet.
During the impeachment hearings, David Holmes, an aide to diplomat Bill Taylor claims he overheard a phone conversation between European Union Ambassador Gordon Sonland and President Trump.
In his testimony, Holmes explained how during a dinner with Ambassador Sondland and two other, Sondland placed a call to Trump. Holmes claims he overheard the phone conversation because the two spoke loudly, despite the phone call not being on speakerphone.
“While Ambassador Sondland’s phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the President’s voice through the earpiece of the phone. The President’s voice was very loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume,” Holmes said.
Trump does not believe Holmes overheard the depth of his conversation with Sondland, he claims he’s never been able to hear a phone conversation if it wasn’t on speakerphone.
“Never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation. I’ve even tried, but to no avail. Try it live!” the president tweeted.
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. I’ve even tried, but to no avail. Try it live!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2019
While on live TV, CNN’s Chris Cuomo tried to prove a person can hear a conversation on another person’s cell phone without being on speakerphone.
Cuomo called his mother and tried to have Dana Bash see if she could overhear the conversation. As Cuomo and Bash struggled to hear, Cuomo turned on speakerphone.
“Can you just say hello? Mom? She probably can’t hear me. Mom, can you hear me? Mom? Say hello to Dana Bash,” Cuomo said.
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
Cuomo’s entire segment proved Trump’s point that it is difficult to overhear a call when it’s not on speakerphone. Thank you CNN, for this wonderful reporting.