For months, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been at the forefront of the Democratic Party’s attempts to remove President Donald Trump from office. But while he’s built a name for himself on Capitol Hill, it seems not everyone in America is familiar with Schiff’s “shifty” political efforts.
This became glaringly evident on Wednesday’s episode of Jeopardy!, when none of the game show’s contestants were able to identify the California Democrat.
Under the category “U.S. Representatives,” contestants were given a prompt that read: “One-fifty-third of California’s House delegation is this House Intelligence Committee chairman.”
Social media users responded in a variety of ways to the fact that Schiff’s name wasn’t known. Some Twitter users reacted with bemused laughter, while others suggested that there is simply a lack of interest in the impeachment charade beyond the insular environment of Washington, D.C.
Of course, there were some observers who found the contestants’ failure to identify Schiff far less humorous, with Obama administration official Rufus Gifford lamenting after the show: “I realized I exist in a parallel universe.”
Insider pointed out that episodes of Jeopardy! are usually filmed around three months before they go to air, which means that this segment was likely recorded back in October. However, impeachment fever had already taken hold of the political world, and Schiff was regularly in the news by that point in time.
Indeed, during a September appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Schiff made headlines when he claimed he had not communicated with the so-called Ukraine whistleblower at the heart of the impeachment spectacle prior to the filing of his complaint about Trump’s now-controversial July telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower,” the California Democrat insisted. “We would like to, but I’m sure the whistleblower has concerns that he has not been advised, as the law requires, by the inspector general or the Director of National Intelligence just as to how he is to communicate with Congress.”
However, his words were not consistent with a subsequent report from The New York Times. “The whistleblower gave an early account of allegations against President Trump to a House aide who outlined it to Rep. Adam Schiff, who is now leading the impeachment inquiry,” the Times tweeted.
President Trump has also given Schiff plenty of attention over the past year, frequently disparaging the committee chairman both online and in his public speeches.
“Little pencil-neck Adam Schiff. He’s got the smallest, thinnest neck I’ve ever seen,” the president said last March at a rally. He went on to say that Schiff wasn’t “a long-ball hitter” and accused him of being “sick.”