CNN host Chris Cuomo was mocked on Twitter Thursday for a failed attempt to disprove President Trump’s claim that he’s never been able to overhear other people’s nearby phone calls.
The president earlier Thursday sent out a tweet trying to debunk impeachment testimony by witness David Holmes, who said he overheard a damning July 26 phone call between Ambassador Sondland and Trump.
Cuomo, in a bid to prove Trump wrong, called his mom on air, first without the speakerphone on, in an attempt to show viewers and his co-hosts that they’d be able to hear.
“Let’s just play with that for a second. Mom, can you hear me?” asks Cuomo while holding his phone out in front of him.
Following a moment of awkward silence, he moved the phone toward CNN journalist Dana Bush.
Because we are in the absolute dumbest timeline, Chris Cuomo calls his mom on live TV to disprove Trump’s claim and demonstrate to viewers that bystanders can hear a caller on the other line…and we only hear his mother when he puts her on speaker. pic.twitter.com/Bif8QsmPHb
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) November 21, 2019
“Can you just say hello?” Cuomo asks, as the two sit idly for several seconds without a response.
Cuomo then flips on the speakerphone, at which point his mom’s voice is audible.
Following the failed stunt, another co-host notes, “I can’t hear your mother, Chris. You’re over there … I’m sitting across the table.”
Critics on Twitter were quick to follow.
Joe Concha, a reporter for The Hill, wrote Cuomo’s stunt was “the most ill advised thing we’ve witnessed on live TV since Marcia Clark had OJ try the gloves on.”
Another user joked: “Cohosts couldn’t hear, it’s time to clear!”
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