Brian Stelter led his panel in mocking Fox News with a montage of Fox News personalities insisting that there was a “coup” underway when members of the Justice Department reportedly considered having Trump removed from office under the 25th Amendment, as alleged in former FBI Director Andrew McCabe‘s new book.
On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources, Stelter said that Trump is trying to “change the subject” from his loss in the border compromise by complaining about Saturday Night Live, and that Fox News is making a similar effort with cries of “Coup!”
He then introduced a clip package by saying “Coup, coup, coup all over Fox News. Watch.”
The montage included people like Brian Kilmeade, Sean Hannity, Dan Bongino, Charles Payne, Geraldo Rivera, Lara Trump, and many more claiming that discussion of the 25th Amendment constituted an attempted coup. The effect was that of a Cocoa Puffs commercial in Hell.
Stelter asked his panel “What are they talking about?”
Washington Post reporter Phil Bump debunked the narrative rather handily, pointing out that the 25th Amendment “allows the president to be removed if half his cabinet agrees he should be removed, or they establish a congressional commission that looks at it. It’s a coup that necessitates half the people he appointed, and Mike Pence, coming on board and saying yes, he should be removed from office. If Rosenstein and Mccabe can convince those people of doing that, it’s hard to see it as a coup.”
Stelter then pointed out that George Conway, husband of Kellyanne Conway, recently tweeted a concern about Trump’s “mental stability”:
We should highly question the mental stability of a president of the United States who would lie about whether the United States had been on the verge of starting “World War III” with another state possessing nuclear weapons. https://t.co/XY4zzTEyHR
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) February 16, 2019
CNN media analyst Bill Carter then wondered aloud if Kellyanne Conway is tacitly agreeing with her husband by not refuting him publicly, but Stelter pointed out that Conway has previously said “There’s no good comes out of people attacking the president’s physical and mental state.”
But that was a long time ago.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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