Trump impeachment: Chuck Schumer scolds Kamala Harris for laughing
Mr Schumer, joined by Ms Harris, Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Patty Murray, held a press conference on Friday as Democrats continued to pressure Senate Republicans to allow additional witnesses to give their testimony.
But as a reporter began asking a question to the lawmakers, Ms Harris was seen having a good chuckle with her Ohio colleague, prompting the minority leader to halt Ms Harris’ laughter.
Ms Harris responded with a facial expression of her own.
Chuck Schumer is not having it when Kamala Harris and Sherrod Brown mess around during his impeachment press conference.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 31, 2020
The moment was shared on social media, and immediately sparked criticism and mockery against the Senate Democrats.
“Remember: Democrats said that #impeachment was ‘sad’ and ‘somber.’ Did Senator Harris not get the memo?” the House Oversight Committee Republicans official Twitter account wrote.
“Schumer: ‘You have the right to remain silent,’” Washington Examiner writer Siraj Hashmi said.
“When you worked really hard on the presentation but the rest of the team that didn’t do any work won’t stop giggling behind you,” former McConnell creative director Anang Mittal reacted.
When you worked really hard on the presentation but the rest of the team that didn’t do any work won’t stop giggling behind you pic.twitter.com/OeorVn44a7
— Anang Mittal अनंग मित्तल (@anangbhai) January 31, 2020
“Chuck Schumer, quite literally, wants Kamala Harris to curb her enthusiasm,” The Daily Wire wrote on Twitter, sharing an edited version of the clip that included the theme music from Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The moment had already inspired a gif.
On Thursday night, Democrats had sparked another viral moment when Representative Jerrold Nadler appeared to steal the podium from leading House impeachment manager Representative Adam Schiff at the end of the second day of questioning by the Senate jurors.
After Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts read the last question for the House managers, Mr Nadler was seen jumping out of his chair and rushing to the centre podium, quickly getting the attention of Mr Schiff, who also leapt from his seat.
Rep. Jerry Nadler got up to get the last word in for the night. Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead impeachment manager, got up and tried to get Nadler’s attention: “Jerry. Jerry. Jerry.” pic.twitter.com/M5K2OBXoK1
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 31, 2020
“Jerry. Jerry. Jerry,” Mr Schiff is heard saying as he took a few steps towards Mr Nadler, but failed to stop him from speaking.
The moment also sparked plenty of laughs on social media.
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Originally published as Kamala ‘shushed’ in viral moment