Impeachment madness tailed Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to a town hall about something completely unrelated.
Schiff was giving a speech about recognizing the Armenian genocide in Glendale, California when he was drowned out by a group of pro-Trump protesters opposed to impeachment, Fox reported. As seen in video footage posted to social media, the Trump supporters clashed with Schiff supporters who attended the event, which commemorated a bipartisan vote in Congress to recognize the genocide.
Schiff town hall erupts into chaos
Schiff did not get two minutes into his remarks before Trump supporters, brandishing signs reading “Don’t impeach,” began shouting “Liar!” Within minutes, the event was consumed in tribal chaos as attendees yelled at the Trump supporters to leave.
The commotion continued to grow as one protester shouted that Schiff would go to jail for treason. The man insisted that he meant “no disrespect” and he was “glad you guys are getting recognized for your genocide, but this man is a f—–g liar.”
The tribalism of impeachment was on display as scuffles broke out and attendees erupted into their own chants supporting Schiff. Police escorted the protesters out after about 15 minutes.
“We got stuck in the middle of a scuffle as my friend Jesse pulled out his Trump flag, some of the attendees kept grabbing the flag from his hands and a tug of war ensued!” read a YouTube video description from one protester, who shared footage of the mayhem. “We were just filming … then they realized we were Trump supporters and the event organizer asked us to leave, so we did, but I couldn’t miss my opportunity to expose Adam’s connections with Liddle Kidz and The Standard Hotel! **”Q sent us.”
Partisan impeachment hardens
Schiff has played a controversial and prominent role in the impeachment inquiry. Republicans accuse him of presiding over a one-sided “kangaroo court” that produced phony impeachment charges against President Donald Trump, as well as abusing his power as House Intelligence chairman to obtain phone records belonging to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).
Despite a lack of bipartisan support, Democrats are expected to push forward with a full House impeachment vote Wednesday that will certainly split along party lines, further hardening the partisan divisions seen at the town hall. At least two moderate Democrats from districts that Trump carried in 2016 will vote no — Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ), who is planning to switch his party affiliation to Republican, and Collin Peterson (D-MN) — and others in Trump-won districts have faced pushback, although most are thus far signaling that they will vote yes.
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), a freshman Democrat and former CIA operative, faced down angry constituents at a town hall Monday as she announced that she would vote for impeachment. Slotkin cited her experience “as a CIA officer” in an opinion piece justifying her decision, and Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), another former CIA operative who was confronted by angry constituents recently, backed impeachment Monday — echoing Slotkin’s claims that Trump threatened “national security” by temporarily withholding military aid to Ukraine.
Although the impeachment process will soon come to an end in the House, Schiff may continue to play a prominent role as an “impeachment manager,” which is essentially a prosecutor for House Democrats, during the Senate trial.
A controversy has already begun to brew over the desire of Senate Republican leaders for a quick trial culminating in Trump’s acquittal, with Democrats accusing Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of staging a rigged trial.