Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) drew scorn on Twitter after he posted a video on social media claiming he was being held hostage during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
“As you may have heard, I’ve been taken hostage along with 99 other people in the U.S. Capitol,” Scott said in the two-minute clip shared to Twitter on Tuesday.
“We are receiving only milk and water and we are being subjected to the cruel and unusual punishment of listening to the rantings of (Democratic Rep.) Adam Schiff, a person from a parallel universe,” Scott continued.
He dismissed the impeachment of Trump as “political theater” that should have been staged at Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and claimed the Democrats’ case against the president is “absurd.”
Check out the video here:
The clip inevitably went viral on social media for all the wrong reasons, where many critics bashed Scott for complaining about doing his job:
320 million Americans are held hostage to the cowardice of you and 52 other people. So, like, welcome to the club.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) January 29, 2020
So you’re saying if we keep this thing going, you’ll be forced to stay in the Senate chambers?
What do we have to do to cut off your internet access too?
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 29, 2020
Gee Rick, thanks for upholding your oat of impartiality.
“I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of [person], now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.”
— UJ_roc (@UJ_roc) January 28, 2020
You are one miserable SOB @SenRickScott. Held hostage? No, held hostage is what happened to my daughter when she could not escape the killer in her school. You remember that, don’t you? You are not held hostage. You are doing your job. If you do not like your job, resign. https://t.co/KhqAH4htB6
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) January 29, 2020
But 47 of those 99 are Dems…ao you’re saying nearly half of the hostages are taking themselves hostage. Is this another shitty M Night Shyamalan pitch? https://t.co/uDq3p9RrLZ
— david cross (@davidcrosss) January 29, 2020
Rick Scott thinks him having to go to work and fulfill the clearly defined duties of his role means he’s being held hostage. https://t.co/a8wvl14bA4
— Ashlee Explains It All (@ash_says_what) January 29, 2020
You’re being paid by us to sit there & do your job which is to honor the constitution and your oath of office. So stop whining like a spoiled entitled brat and drink your damn milk.
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) January 29, 2020
I’m ashamed that you are my Senator.
— Ben. No More, No Less. (@BJS_quire) January 29, 2020
Oh good, more histrionics.
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) January 29, 2020
Resign if you don’t want to do your job.
— PCR RitesGood (@pcrritesgood) January 29, 2020
You’re paid $174,000 a year to sit on your ass and drink milk all day while listening to a legal arguments. Most Americans would love the privilege of being such a “hostage.” https://t.co/Lz8WN4aDcE
— John Aravosis🇺🇸 (@aravosis) January 29, 2020
for values of “held hostage” = “doing a job I actively sought, actually spent a lot of money and time to be able to do, part of which is the constitutionally-mandated oversight of the executive branch” https://t.co/xy1DaKpJjP
— Laura Lorson (@prairielaura) January 29, 2020