The hashtag "MidnightMoscowMitch" took off on Twitter on Tuesday after Democrats began criticizing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push On The Money — GOP blocks spending bill to kick off chaotic week in congress Overnight Health Care — Presented by Alrtia — Booster shots get bipartisan rollout MORE's (R-Ky.) resolution setting rules for the impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE that is set to begin on Tuesday.
McConnell's resolution, which the Senate is expected to vote on on Tuesday, would give House impeachment managers and Trump's defense team 24 hours apiece to present their arguments.
But both sides would have to do so over two legislative days, with sessions beginning at 1 p.m.
This is a change from the procedures used during the impeachment trial for President Clinton, when both sides also had 24 hours but were able to present their arguments over three days.
Democrats charge that McConnell's proposed rules will leave arguments ending in the middle of the night.
Former Washington Post reporter Carl BernsteinCarl BernsteinCan the media regain credibility under Biden? The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hectic week shaping up in DC Carl Bernstein calls Trump's Georgia call 'far worse than Watergate' MORE used the term "Midnight Mitch" during a Monday night interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and it seemed to pick up after that.
"Now we're looking at 'Midnight Mitch' and the so-called world's greatest deliberative body really embracing a cover-up that is there for all to see. That's what this is about. It’s about preventing information from becoming known and seen by the American public," said Bernstein, one of the Watergate reporters for the Post whose reporting led to President Nixon's resignation.
"We're looking at 'Midnight Mitch' and the so-called world's greatest deliberative body, really embracing a cover-up that is there for all to see. That's what this is about."— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 20, 2020
- Journalist Carl Bernstein reacts to Mitch McConnell's proposed trial rules.https://t.co/SWVLjicpE7 pic.twitter.com/GknxCGL1I8
Democratic organizations, lawmakers and critics of Trump quickly took to Twitter to share #MidnightMoscowMitch and #MidnightMitch criticizing McConnell’s move.
No cameras. No witnesses. 12-hour hearings. #MidnightMoscowMitch is trying to hide Trump's trial so we don't find out how Trump has turned our government into a corrupt arm of his business. https://t.co/dLRgGzYsbm— Swing Left (@swingleft) January 21, 2020
Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan MORE (D-Ill.) tweeted Monday, “#MidnightMitch has already admitted he’s working hand-in-hand with Trump on the #impeachment trial & violating his oath to be impartial—but his proposed rules for the trial (holding the trial at 1am??) are yet more evidence that he’s helping the White House perpetrate a cover-up.”
#MidnightMitch has already admitted he’s working hand-in-hand with Trump on the #impeachment trial & violating his oath to be impartial—but his proposed rules for the trial (holding the trial at 1am??) are yet more evidence that he’s helping the White House perpetrate a cover-up. https://t.co/L2TzAeUuuB— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 21, 2020
McConnell has previously said he will be in “total coordination” with the White House during the president’s impeachment trial.
#MidnightMoscowMitch had been tweeted over 7,000 times by early Tuesday morning.
Democrats and other critics of McConnell have also criticized the resolution for not requiring any additional witnesses to be subpoenaed or allowing House prosecutors to admit evidence into the trial record after the opening arguments are heard.
Twitter declined to comment to The Hill.