At today’s opening hearing by the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) pushed a new theory about why Democrats in the House were pursuing charges against President Donald Trump. It didn’t begin with the president’s withholding of military aid to Ukraine, he said.
No, impeachment began with “tears in Brooklyn.”
Rep. Doug Collins: "It didn't start with Mueller. It didn't start with a phone call. It started with tears in Brooklyn in November 2016." pic.twitter.com/WUkGjlFobC— The Hill (@thehill) December 4, 2019
Collins delivered his opening statement before the Committee, where impeachment and constitutional scholars are testifying, weighing whether to bring formal charges of impeachment against the president.
Since the House began an inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions in Ukraine, one of the main Republican talking points is that this was being undertaken to “overturn an election,” as opposed to investigating wrongdoing by the president.
Collins’ comments swiftly drew mockery on Twitter, because, impeachment aside, everyone really believed it would make a great band name.
“This started with tears in Brooklyn,” @RepDougCollins concludes, referring to Clinton’s loss/Trump’s win on election night 2016.— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) December 4, 2019
(Tears in Brooklyn would also be a great name for an emo band)
Collins now: "This thing started with tears in Brooklyn in 2016."— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) December 4, 2019
Is "Tears in Brooklyn" a Beastie Boys song I missed?
“Tears in Brooklyn” is my favorite Billy Joel album. https://t.co/7EigvALh6S— Kip Hill (@kiphillreporter) December 4, 2019
Tears in Brooklyn is my update to the Eric Clapton song about throwing his son out the window— Michael Malice (@michaelmalice) December 4, 2019
"Tears in Brooklyn" — GOP Rep. Doug Collins' description of Hillary Clinton's 2016 loss to Donald Trump which, he says, led to impeachment. It also sounds like the title of some critically-acclaimed independent film that you can watch at the IFC Center.— Bob Hardt (@bobhardt) December 4, 2019
I saw Tears in Brooklyn open for Belle and Sebastian in 2006. https://t.co/ISq9GdN1RC— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) December 4, 2019
I predict an IPA will be named “Tears in Brooklyn” in 5…4…3…2… https://t.co/ys17lUtnwq— 𝙹𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝙳. 𝙻𝚞𝚗𝚊 (@jasondluna) December 4, 2019