Internet mocks Fox News contributor for saying he doesn’t ‘know what language quid pro quo is’

While none of us expect serious discussion of the news or issues of the day on Fox News, the network reached a new level of absurdity Wednesday morning when a guest tried to defend President Donald Trump from impeachment by saying he didn’t know what language the phrase “quid pro quo” was from.

Charles Hurt, who serves as opinion editor for the right-wing newspaper The Washington Times, was discussing the first day of impeachment hearings with Fox host Steve Doocy, and he began by asserting that Democrats were unable to specify what laws Trump had broken:

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“When you hear Adam Schiff and other Democrats use all these squirrelly words like ‘quid pro quo,’ ‘bribery,’ all these things, it’s all because they can’t specify exactly where Donald Trump broke any law or did anything particularly wrong.”

It should be noted that Trump doesn’t have to have broken any law in order to be impeached. The only standard specified in the Constitution is “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the definition of which is left to Congress.

But it was what Hurt said next that showed his utter lack of comprehension:

“They have to move away from quid pro quo because there was no quid, and there was no quo. Ukraine got its money and there was no investigation. So when there’s no quid or pro, you can’t keep saying quid pro quo. Even though I don’t know what that means, really. I don’t know what language quid pro quo is.”

Doocy informed Hurt that quid pro quo is Latin.

It didn’t take long for Twitter to light up with mockery for Hurt. Here’s a few of the best responses:

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