A drag queen is broadcasting live from Trump's impeachment hearing

The New Jersey performer attended the hearings yesterday acting as a reporter for a startup news outlet

Drag queen Pissi Myles being searched by security before entering the impeachment hearings

Hailing from New Jersey, drag queen Pissi Myles, real name Joe D’Angio, made her political reporting debut attending the first of President Donald Trump’s impeachment hearings yesterday Wednesday, November 13. Working with the startup news outlet “Happs”, Myles attended the trial in the US House of Representativesheels wearing a short red dress and a blonde bombshell wig to report live on the event. The mission of Happs, which hasn’t yet officially launched, is to provide breaking news coverage, partially reported by hobbyist rather than professional journalists at all times. Myles used the Happs Twitter account yesterday to live stream and commentate on the hearing. 

Attending the hearings were a first for Myles, who is used to performing in drag in New York and on Fire Island as well as appearing on the “My Gay Spooky Family” podcast. On the Happs’ live stream, Myles commented that the event was the “most polarizing political activity [she’s] seen in a long time” and even within the confines of the streams comments section opinions were widely divided. 

The division that Myles witnessed yesterday is a clear reflection of the partition of the population, with polling showing that by a small majority the American public is in favour of impeaching President Donald Trump. The polls show that 44.4% of people do not want the President impeached despite several allegations of misconduct made against him. 

Videos and pictures of the anti-Trump drag queen being frisked down as she made her way into the hearings yesterday caused quite a stir on social media with many retweeting and sharing clips showcasing the comical juxtaposition between Pissi Myles standing tall above confused men in suits in full drag.

Pissi is already a very politically active and so was a clear choice for Happs when it came to who would cover the event. Husband and manager David Ayllon said the drag queen was a perfect fit for the job and the pair jumped at the great opportunity. In an interview, David explained the couples political stance and recounted how they decided to push forward their own wedding too early December 2016 for fears the Trump/Pence administration would change the laws surrounding same-sex marriage due to a number of anti-LGBT+ sentiments seemingly shared by both the President and VP. 

Despite repeated attempts by Trump to block the investigation into his misconduct, the trial of the President is in full swing with the Democratic chair Adam Schiff investigating whether or not Trump tried to the vulnerability of Ukraine as grounds for impeachment.

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