I normally strive to stay civil in my writing. Not this time. Adam Schiff distorts the truth so far beyond reason, it’s time for all of America to tell him to shove it.
For years now, this human being who represents California’s 28th Congressional District has regularly tweeted arrogant, disrespectful comments directed at President Trump. On March 24, Schiff tweeted yet another list of insults, starting with, “First, Trump fails to take Coronavirus seriously, losing precious weeks.”
Remember, this is coming from Adam Schiff, the same Representative whose questionable relationship with Ukraine and Igor Pasternak leads me to ask many questions about Schiff’s involvement with possible coverups in money laundering.
This is the same Adam Schiff who regularly got in front of any TV camera he could find to say his committee had “plenty of evidence of collusion” (always saying he couldn’t go into the particulars), but when the opportunity came to present that evidence, Schiff came up empty.
This is the same Adam Schiff whose action were described by Congressman Devin Nunes as “a gross abuse of power” when Schiff may have illegally obtained and released phone records of political opponents and their staffers, as well as a reporter Schiff didn’t like.
And yes, this is the same Adam Schiff who is being sued to release information about obtaining those controversial subpoenas for his enemy’s phone records – and is now claiming sovereign immunity, seeking to keep his records covered up.
And while the legacy media conveniently ignores all of the above, Schiff arrogantly tweets out insults at President Trump.
A short video piqued my curiosity about events happening in January and February. So, to illustrate Adam Schiff’s dearth of intellectual honesty and his propensity to spin deceptions, let’s examine a timeline of events showing the overlap of COVID-19’s outbreak with impeachment proceedings.
- January 11: China reports their first death from the virus (ABC News)
- January 12: White House prepares to respond to impeachment articles (CNN)
- January 14: House Democrats release documents from a Giuliani associate about Ukraine (PBS)
- January 15: Nancy Pelosi hands out “golden pens” after signing the articles of impeachment (video)
- January 19: The United States has its first case of the virus (New England Journal of Medicine)
- January 22: House Managers make opening arguments on impeachment (NPR), The proceedings continue until February 3
- January 22: With 17 dead, China suspends all outbound public transport from Wuhan (The Guardian)
- January 29: United States Senators begin asking their questions in the impeachment trial (Vox)
- January 30: The World Health Organization declares a global health emergency (New York Times)
- January 30: Nancy Pelosi says House could take further action if Senate acquits (ABC News)
- January 31: Trump declares public health emergency, restricts travel from China (NPR)
- January 31: Trump administration “drastically escalates its response” to the coronavirus epidemic, requiring quarantines and health screenings (Washington Post)
- January 31: Senate votes against calling witnesses to testify in the Senate (CNBC)
- February 3: House impeachment arguments come to a close (Fox News)
- February 4: Democrat House members and the World Health Organization criticize Trump’s decision to restrict travel from China (Politico)
- February 4: In his State of the Union speech, Trump addresses the COVID-19 outbreak (Video)
- February 4: Nancy Pelosi rips up her copy of the State of the Union speech on national TV (Video)
- February 5: US Senate votes to acquit President Trump on impeachment charges (CBS News)
- February 6: Nancy Pelosi press conference; defends ripping up Trump's “falsehoods” (Boston Globe)
- February 9: Pelosi criticizes Trump’s budget, even with its increases to Medicare/Medicaid (Washington Times)
- February 13: Pelosi accuses Attorney General Barr of damaging the rule of law (Washington Post)
- February 13: Pelosi criticizes Trump for “abuse of power” in talking about Roger Stone (Politico)
- February 13: Pelosi accuses Trump of politicizing the intelligence community (Politico)
- February 22: Trump appoints Vice President Pence to oversee US Gov’t virus response team (BBC)
- February 22: Pelosi makes misleading statements about Trump; also criticizes Trump for acting too late on the virus (Video)
As we can see, Schiff and Pelosi seemed to have been more preoccupied with removing Trump from office using fabricated accusations than preventing a pandemic. Even after Trump’s acquittal and a public health emergency had been declared, House Democrats continued focusing their time and energy on attacking the President.
Given the above timeline of events, for Adam Schiff to tweet, “Trump fails to take Coronavirus seriously, losing precious weeks” is so laughable it deserves to be mocked.
Allow me to offer an analogy. Picture a playground bully making specious accusations against a teacher, attempting to deflect attention from his own misdeeds. While the teacher stands on the playground listening to the bully’s accusations, someone sneaks into the classroom and slips a frog into the bully’s backpack. The bully later makes a scene to the rest of the students, accusing the teacher of being incapable of protecting a backpack. It's that asinine.
To learn how much Pelosi and Schiff were concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak, I decided to take a rather deep dive into last month’s news articles and videos. I did searches for articles and videos published from the time the administration announced the public health emergency until the time Trump appointed Vice President Pence to oversee the coronavirus response team.
Guess what? Not once did I find any news article or video about the coronavirus in that timeframe that also had the words “Adam Schiff” or “Nancy Pelosi.”
Okay, there was one. It was Sean Hannity’s interview of President Trump. The New York Times reported on that interview with a piece titled, “Trump Defends Closing Borders to Travelers to Fight Coronavirus.” They quote Trump saying, “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China … we can’t have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus. We’re going to see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes.”
Then, at the end of the interview, Hannity asks Trump a question about Pelosi totally unrelated to the virus.
Apparently, in the weeks between shutting down travel from China and Pence being announced as head of the COVID-19 task force, neither Schiff nor Pelosi found the virus to be a topic worth mentioning. Instead, it seems all House Democrats (and their legacy media lapdogs) did – and continue to do – is look for ways to attack and criticize the President.
As a side note, I must pay a complement to Adam Schiff. When it comes to feigning indignation, disappointment and sorrow, Schiff is a much better actor than Representative Jerry Nadler or Speaker Pelosi.
After observing Adam Schiff for years now, I think he’s so sold out to his cause that it’s impossible to have a reasoned argument with the man. That doesn't mean we can't pray for him, but if he stays on his present course, I believe he will continue to fabricate and obfuscate, that he will continue to ascribe motives to President Trump that Trump does not have, and that he will continue to say disparaging things about Donald Trump and obstruct America’s national healing, all for the sake of political posturing.
Because of that, I also think it’s time for all of America to tell Adam what he is so fond of saying to others with his feigned indignation: “Enough already.”
And I also think that with Schiff's track record of behavior, the title of this column bears repeating. “Dear Adam Schiff, Shove it.”
Daniel Bobinski, M.Ed. is a certified behavioral analyst, best-selling author, columnist, corporate trainer, and keynote speaker. He’s also a veteran and a self-described Christian Libertarian who believes in the principles of free market capitalism – while standing firmly against crony capitalism. Daniel writes on both workplace issues and political issues for multiple publications, but in his ideal world he’d be a speechwriter for President Trump.