'God forbid!' MSNBC panel breaks into hysterical laughter at GOP congressman's pathetic and damning defense of Trump

'God forbid!' MSNBC panel breaks into hysterical laughter at GOP congressman's pathetic and damning defense of Trump

As the evidence that President Donald Trump committed serious crimes piles up, the Republican Party's defenses of his actions are growing even more pathetic and ridiculous.

On MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" on Tuesday, the sheer absurdity of officials' responses to questions about Trump's wrongdoing caused the entire panel to break into uproarious laughter.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), for one, essentially claimed that it doesn't matter whether Trump committed a crime. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made an even more preposterous point about Trump's apparent criminal violation of campaign finance laws — what host Nicolle Wallace said was a "Wait — did you really mean to say that out loud?" moment.

"If [Rep. Adam] Schiff taking this beyond to go forward and say that there's an impeachable offense because of a campaign finance problem, there's a lot of members of Congress who would have to leave for that place," McCarthy said in a Fox News interview.

After playing that clip Tuesday on "Deadline: White House," former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt quipped: "God forbid!"

At that comment, the whole panel burst out laughing.

Watch the clip below:

Correction: This story initially misidentified Hatch's political party.

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