Trump: Schiff “Has Not Paid The Price Yet”

We have seen repeated instances where President Donald Trump has stepped on the narrative of his defenders with a single misplaced tweet — often giving opponents precisely what they have been alleging. This weekend is another such example with a tweet saying ominously the House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff has not paid the price yet” for his role in Trump’s impeachment. The tweet sounded not only threatening but was immediately raised by Democrats as supporting what Schiff said in his closing argument about senators fearing retribution from Trump. One can easily view the tweet at a statement about political accountability, but the insistence on attacking Schiff personally is both improper and counter-productive. Trump was impeached by the House, not Schiff. He is fulfilling a duty under the Constitution. Some of us have criticized his representations, but alluding to personal costs for the House managers is wildly inappropriate in the middle of a Senate trial.

Just this week, Schiff may a serious mistake in suggesting that the Republican senators are afraid to stand up to Trump and find their “heads on a pike.” I wrote about this and other missteps by the House managers. Senators objected to the allegation as untrue and ridiculous. Yet some 48 hours later, Trump is tweeting about making Schiff pay.

Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump

Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!97.8K8:20 AM – Jan 26, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy61.5K people are talking about this

Once again, I read this as a political not a physical threat. However, a president should not be threatening the house managers at all in the midst of a trial. It was not unreasonable for media to view this as a threat upon the lead House manager.

All of this makes it more difficult for his legal team and his allies. With key swing senators like Collins and Murkowski objecting to insults by Chairman Jerry Nadler and Schiff (and moving toward votes against witnesses), President Trump effectively gutted that position by seemingly threatening the lead manager. This only works to the advantage of the House managers and undermines the position of the President. Both Democrats and Republicans should object to this tweet as inimical to this constitutional process.

162 thoughts on “Trump: Schiff “Has Not Paid The Price Yet””

  1. Now that President Trump challenged Schiff on Twitter, they can settle the matter as gentlemen at a virtual field of honor hosted by an off-shore data center somewhere.

    Time to compile the Source Code Duello.

  2. Trump is the greatest kindergartener threat mouthpiece of all time.

    Trump did not say “I” will make you pay.a price. He just said that he hasn’t paid a price yet.

    Key distinction. If Schiff is so sensitive to not understand that, well, He is acting just like the kindergartner wimp Trump wants him to be. They both should go back to school and grow up.

  3. Don’t forget Nancy Pelosi.

    Nancy Pelosi,

    “Donald, if I were your wife I’d put poison in your coffee.”

    Donald Trump,

    “Nancy, if I were your husband I’d drink it.”

    (Literary license taken)

  4. Adam Schiff is the biggest national security threat in this nation.
    He chairs the HPSCI, that should scare everyone.
    Trying to destory a President should scare everyone.

  5. I doubt if Schiff will pay any price. He comes from a very safe district full of people who want their ” Fair Share”.

    1. Drawing and Quartering in the public square for perjury, fraud, conspiracy, abuse of power, usurpation, insurrection and treason as adherence to, aiding and abetting the positions of enemies of America globally and deliberately misconstruing, abusing, undermining and subverting the U.S. Constitution.

  6. You see Mr Turley you are part of the problem…

    In your 1st paragraph you quote President Trump

    But for your convenience only quoted part of what President Trump said

    You left out the most important part

    As President Trump said…

    “for what he has done to our Country”

    President Trump was NOT speaking of himself

    No he’s no Mafia Don threatening people

    President Trump was defending our wonderful Country
    The United States of America

  7. When senators were beginning to move toward denying witnesses after what they viewed as insults by Chairman Jerry Nadler and Schiff, President Trump has effectively gutted that position by seemingly threatening the lead manager.

    How’s life on the spectrum, Professor?

    I don’t think the President’s case is in any danger, because the four fence-sitter senators are not altogether inane.

  8. JT, I agree with so much of what you write, but I want to point out that Trump did not write that “Schiff has not paid the price yet” for his role in Trump’s impeachment”.

    He wrote that Schiff “has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!” Big difference, and most of his base would agree.

    I do agree with much of your remaining analysis–I personally would advise him to lie low and let the Dems in Congress continue to self-immolate. But he is Trump, he is a fighter, and most important to his base, he is a winner.

    1. He wrote that Schiff “has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”
      What Schiff has done to the country is to help Trump get elected to a second term.

  9. “This only works to the advantage of the House managers and undermines the position of the President.”
    To JT’s thinking, only eunuch can be a President under attack. Trump’s a lion-roaming-the- savanna alpha; Schiff’s a hide-behind-momma’s-skirt beta. The results are predictable. Personally, I wouldn’t mind a little physicality out of our DC pols. Might show they have red blood coursing through their vanes instead of bile. Preston Brooks pummeled Charles Sumner in the well of the Senate over the slavery debate and a cowardly, moralizing remark about Brooks compatriot, Andrew Butler.

    Devastating to their careers? Both men were re-elected.

  10. I think most, if not all of the sane Americans have had their fill of schiff and his pathologies. Trump’s triumph’s are when he speaks for the real America.

  11. The pecksniffery is offensive, professor.

    Adam Schiff hasn’t paid any price and it’s likely his constituency will not exact any. More’s the pity, because he’s a wart on the country’s a$$.

    1. he’s a saboteur and maybe a seditionist. i say arrest him and proper punishment after due process trial is given

      Schiff that is. this stunt against our country should backfire on him hard one way or another

      Trump’s just saying what we feel, again, and the mass media whiners hate him for giving us a voice

      I mean me and others like me out here in flyover outside the Beltway and inside the coastal regions

  12. Only Democrats and Republicans., Does that automatically include lumping the remaining RINOs with the left and the Independent Democrats with the Constitutionalists? What about the largest voting block who were left out completely? How would you propose getting the Socialists aka Democrats to stop being inimical to the Constitution?

    I noticed we are back to judging out of character again. Doesn’t work. We elected President Trump precisely because he was an outsider and because of our disdain and dislike of the insiders. So far that has proven to be a wise choice of the Constitutional Centrists.

  13. As a person from The Burbank area I look at that comment differently. He became a congressman by defeating a Republican. Rep Rogan who was a House Manager during. The Clinton Impeachment. Schiff s campaign ads at that time were all about impeachment. That Congressman would pay the price for impeachment by electing Schiff. Trumps words reminded me of that campaign. .If you think what Schiff has put the nation through in the last 3 years with the lying. And Russia Russia Russia. There should be consequences.

  14. For this man to be our a President is a travesty of the highest order. Yet worse are those who defend and enable him

    1. That you’re permitted by the assisted living staff to use the dayroom computer to stink up this forum is the real travesty.

    2. We are favored with two ‘truths’ of the day from the far left. And yes we encourage OUR President of OUR Constitutional Republic as we rid Our country of the travesty of Socialism and strip it of it’s camouflage no matter what name they hide under today,

      1. It would be a shame to succeed in these endeavors but emerge losing comity, civility and rationality. If conservatives are smart, they will place these values ABOVE ideology, and reject stridency. Let the left discredit itself with militancy and intolerance.

        1. Comity? Did you say comity??? Are theft and destruction of a nation acts of comity, civility and rationality? What you have “let the left…” do is nullify the Constitution and destroy freedom and free enterprise in the republic of the Founders, and impose brutal communism in every state.

          Article 1, Section 8 and the right to private property render the entire American welfare state unconstitutional including, but not limited to, affirmative action, quotas, welfare, food stamps, rent control, social services, forced busing, minimum wage, utility subsidies, WIC, TANF, HAMP, HARP, Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Labor, Energy, Obamacare, Social Security, Social Security Disability, Social Security Supplemental Income, Medicare, Medicaid, “Fair Housing” laws, “Non-Discrimination” laws, etc.

          Congress has no power to tax for individual welfare, merely “…general Welfare…,” and Congress has no power to regulate anything, other than the “value” of “money,” the flow of “…commerce…” between jurisdictions to preclude bias and favor, and the land and naval forces, per Article 1, Section 8. Additionally, the right to private property is unqualified by the Constitution and, therefore, absolute providing Congress no power to “…claim or exercise dominion over…” the private property of individuals.

          Comity indeed.

          Nice guys finish last.

          It appears the American Founders were nice guys.

          No more Mr. Nice Guy!

    3. M nelson… spoken like a true leftlibwhacko…. there is only one point of view….theirs….that is the travesty.

    4. Martha, why do you imagine the people who conceived, designed, engineered, created and built this country and its Constitution, the American Founders, generally restricted the vote from the outset in 1789 to: Male, European, 21 with 50 lbs. Sterling/50 acres?

      Start here: A republic is a form of restricted-vote democracy in which power resides in the body of people ENTITLED to vote. If everyone votes in a one man, one vote democracy, self-governance self-destructs and dictatorship fills the vacuum. The current, unintended components of this country – women, illegal aliens, blacks, hyphenates, etc. – are adversarial and are constantly attempting to obtain other people’s money in the forms of arbitrary, unnatural, artificially created programs, benefits and entitlements. The have-nots want what the haves have. It’s not complex. It’s socially engineered, centrally planned, means-of-production-controlled (i.e. regulation) and redistributionist communism under the “dictatorship of the proletariat.”

      The American Founders intended for the competent, capable, successful and vested individuals to form a loose government that existed merely to facilitate the maximal freedom of individuals. You communists have no desire for freedom. You communists simply want to enslave the populace to obtain total control to impose your will and other people’s money. Oh, and to murder defenseless babies. The American thesis is freedom through self-reliance.

      Now you know why the Founders created a restricted-vote republic, to preclude the vote of the teeming masses for “free stuff.” The destruction of America comes from the expansion and dilution of the vote.

      You and your ilk were never intended to vote. What must it mean now that you do?

      “the people are nothing but a great beast…

      I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.”

      – Alexander Hamilton

      “The true reason (says Blackstone) of requiring any qualification, with regard to property in voters, is to exclude such persons, as are in so mean a situation, that they are esteemed to have no will of their own.”

      “If it were probable that every man would give his vote freely, and without influence of any kind, then, upon the true theory and genuine principles of liberty, every member of the community, however poor, should have a vote… But since that can hardly be expected, in persons of indigent fortunes, or such as are under the immediate dominion of others, all popular states have been obliged to establish certain qualifications, whereby, some who are suspected to have no will of their own, are excluded from voting; in order to set other individuals, whose wills may be supposed independent, more thoroughly upon a level with each other.”

      – Alexander Hamilton – The Farmer Refuted, 1775

    5. Stay tuned to hear the truth and what your gators have been doing in the swamp. There is a reason they are trying to destroy the man who threatened to drain the swamp which was to them a golden pond.

  15. But you know you are using your 15 minutes of fame as an “expert” to interfere with constant criticism of him in the middle of the impeachment. You have no shame. I hope you’re making a fortune because half the country is losing all respect for you.

  16. Don the Con acts like he’s a mafia don. The way he refers to people and what he wants to happen to them is chilling.

    1. Yeah, the real issue is people willfully reading-into, in the worst possible fashion, anything their ideological opponent says. It’s even worse with Trump after years of left-wing character assassination.

      The price, I’m sure (as a never Trumper) was a political price. Because that’s how politics is played. Like in the State of New York which is projected to lose a congressional seat and they’re looking at axing AOC’s because she’s not a team player and lunatic who harms the Democrats more than she helps.

      Instead we have a bunch of clowns shading to the mafia, hitmen, executions, Stalinm, Putin, etc…. It’s pathetic.

    2. And Obongo should be drawn and quartered for the clear and present treason he perpetrated when adhering to, aiding, abetting, providing a path to nuclear weapons and delivering pallets full of cash for terrorist operations against America to Iran, which has been a direct and mortal enemy of Americans and America for over 40 years.

    3. if he was, then his foes would be stacked like so much cordwood now.

      threats are weak sauce compared to action, and this tweet wasnt even a threat anyhow

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