Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) was still in denial Thursday about the verdict reached in the impeachment trial against President Trump, insisting in an interview with CNN that the president "wasn't acquitted."
"The Senate has clearly spoken now, the president was acquitted," CNN host Wolf Blitzer began to say. "Do you think your House colleagues—"
"Wolf," Hirono jumped in, laughing to herself. "He wasn't acquitted; it was a rigged trial."
"You don't get acquitted when you don't even get to call witnesses or relevant witnesses or have the documents because the president stonewalled all efforts on the part of the House to get the information they requested," the senator continued.
"So, there you go," Hirono said. "It was a rigged trial, he can run around saying he was acquitted but you don't get acquitted in a rigged trial."
"Well, I just want to point out, senator," Blitzer responded, hoping to clarify things for Hirono so that the interview could continue with some semblance of reality. "There was a roll call, guilty or not guilty, not guilty was the majority, and the Chief Justice of the United States announced that he was acquitted, that he was not guilty."
His attempts to clarify did not work, however, as Hirono proceeded to double down in defiance.
"But the American public knows that it was a rigged trial," Hirono insisted. "So, OK, you're found not guilty in a rigged trial. I don't think that they think this was all kosher, not it wasn't. So, meanwhile you have the president crowing about it, which is totally expected, and now it's anything goes for this president and this administration and all his enablers."
Watch the exchange here: