Numerous conservative media figures have responded to the announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump by calling the investigation an attempted “coup” by Democrats.
Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich: “This is not an impeachment process. This is a coup d'etat.” Appearing on Sean Hannity’s radio show, Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich labeled the impeachment inquiry a “coup d’etat”:
Fox’s Gingrich: “What you are watching is a legislative coup d’etat.” During the September 30 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Gingrich called the impeachment inquiry a “legislative coup d’etat,” because Democrats “wanted to get rid of Donald Trump on election night.” He said their goal is to “drive the president out of office because they hate him”:
On Fox, Tom Fitton says “every time you hear the word impeachment, you have to substitute it with the word coup.” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton also claimed that the “coup” needs to be shut down and the Department of Justice should “expose the corruption of the last administration”:
Fox News host Tucker Carlson: This is an “administrative coup d’etat.” Carlson insisted “it’s not an overstatement” to call the impeachment inquiry “the administrative coup d’etat.” During the September 26 edition of his Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight, Carlson said if the impeachment is successful, “we’re done, our democracy won’t recover”:
Fox’s Mark Levin: This is a “leak and coup campaign.” Fox News host Mark Levin told Fox’s Sean Hannity that the whistleblower complaint and subsequent impeachment inquiry is a “leak and coup campaign” by the Democrats. During the September 26 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, Levin slammed the whistleblower for not having “firsthand knowledge” and said he was being represented by Democrats.
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt: Impeachment inquiry is “a coup attempt” and “part of an attempt to take out Donald Trump.” During the September 30 edition of The Hugh Hewitt Show, radio host Hugh Hewitt called the impeachment a “coup attempt.” Hewitt said, “This is not about the phone call,” but instead is “part of an attempt to take out Donald Trump. And it’s illegitimate”:
Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft: “Coup-Driven Democrats Plot Impeachment.”
Fox & Friends hosts “former New York City top cop” Bernard Kerik to claim whistleblower complaint is part of “an attempted coup” against Trump. During the September 30 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, guest Bernard Kerik said the whistleblower was actually “a covert operative that was within the administration” and called the leak part of “an attempted coup of the president of the United States that’s been going on for almost three years now.”