Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is suffering from a “mental issue,” according to President Donald Trump’s press secretary.
Stephanie Grisham diagnosed Schiff as having a dangerous obsession with the president in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, The Washington Times reported. She was responding to Schiff’s claims that Trump had threatened him in a tweet, which she dismissed as the type of “grandstanding” typical of the lawmaker.
“He is obsessed with this president and trying to take him down,” Grisham said.
Grisham: Schiff having “mental issue”
Schiff has been a frequent target of the president and his allies, thanks to his dodgy handling of the impeachment inquiry and his history of false claims that Trump colluded with Russia. The California Democrat has led his party’s charge against the president in the House as an “investigator” and now again in the Senate as a prosecutor of his party’s case.
Trump has continued to assail Schiff, whom he labeled “lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff” in a tweet Saturday before his lawyers responded to the Democrats’ impeachment charges. Trump was even more pointed in a tweet Sunday that blasted Schiff as a “CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man,” adding that “he has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our country!”
Schiff claimed that the comment about paying a “price” was a threat, something Grisham wrote off as “ridiculous” and “grandstanding.” She said that Trump likely meant that Schiff will feel the wrath of American voters at the ballot box.
“I think [Trump] means [Schiff] hasn’t yet paid the price with the voters,” Grisham opined. “He hasn’t paid the price yet with the people of this country who see that he’s been lying and very obsessed and, quite frankly, it seems like he’s having a little bit of a mental issue when you sit on the floor for hours and hours and hours.”
Trial continues on
Schiff certainly had some wacky things to say during his party’s 24 hours of opening arguments in the trial last week.
The California Democrat fantasized bizarrely about an imaginary land invasion of America by the Kremlin, warning that Trump had endangered national security by withholding critical military aid to Ukraine that was necessary to “fight Russia over there, and we don’t have to fight Russia here.”
Schiff also said that the American people cannot be trusted to choose their next president, since “we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.” The Democrat has accused Trump of trying to “cheat” in the 2020 election by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and then attempting to “cover up” the scheme by blocking subpoenas from Congress.
In two days of rebuttal arguments so far, Trump’s lawyers have turned the narrative back on Schiff by accusing the Democrat and his fellow partisans of a nursing a grudge against Trump that has led them to seek his ouster by any means necessary. As the Washington Examiner notes, Trump’s lawyers also slammed Schiff for making up a false version of Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president, a familiar complaint from Trump by now, but Schiff has said that he has no regrets about fabricating his own version of Trump’s conversation.
The trial could end as soon as this week if senators vote to reject additional witnesses and move swiftly to weighing Trump’s innocence or guilt, but it could well continue into February if the vote goes in the opposite direction. True to form, Schiff has insisted that Republicans must allow all witnesses Democrats are seeking, especially John Bolton, or else Trump will never be able to claim true exoneration — while also asserting that Trump “doesn’t have the right to call irrelevant witnesses” like Hunter Biden.