As Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee overseeing impeachment proceedings, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been a constant target of derision and insults from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress.
Trump assigned him the nickname "Shifty Schiff." Republicans have accused him of holding "secret" hearings and falsely assert that he's met the whistleblower whose complaint spurred the impeachment proceedings in the first place.
But a a sign posted in the background during today's testimonies of diplomats Dr. Fiona Hill and David Holmes, Republicans accidentally honored Schiff.
The sign read:
"0 days since Adam Schiff followed House Rules."
See if you can spot the problem here.
GOP adds new sign during the break https://t.co/uI5U9mJTsf— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju) 1574360458.0
If the sign had read "Zero days since Adam Schiff broke House rules" or "14 days since Adam Schiff followed House rules" that would’ve communicated the Republicans’ (false) assertion, but “0 days since Adam Schiff followed House Rules” only means that Adam Schiff is currently following House rules.
Republicans had accidentally told the truth, and people called them out.
@mkraju Shouldn't this read "Days since Adam Schiff broke house rules"? If it has been zero days since he followed… https://t.co/d0SlzcQFB0— Jake Schwartzwald (@Jake Schwartzwald) 1574360587.0
@mkraju Wait, that doesn’t make sense. If there’s zero days since he last followed the rules, doesn’t that mean he’s following them?— Emily Timm (@Emily Timm) 1574360634.0
@mkraju So he's following the rules. Man these are the dumbest people on the planet. And their only way to deal wi… https://t.co/8tj2JG6q6v— Schenck (@Schenck) 1574361408.0
@mkraju This is a textbook selfown. These people are them BEST the @GOP has. https://t.co/hZCusAhhbR— Still I'll Rise (@Still I'll Rise) 1574361362.0
@mkraju Meaning Adam Schiff followed the rules yesterday. Republicans are just really, really bad at this.— Denise Shearin (@Denise Shearin) 1574360595.0
@mkraju Hah! They don't understand how that type of sign works. This sign means "Schiff has followed rules as recently as today."— Michael Cornucopia of Gourds Bridges (@Michael Cornucopia of Gourds Bridges) 1574361570.0
@mkraju They can’t get a sign to say what they actually wanted to say and accidentally said the opposite but I’m su… https://t.co/07NiPSME8S— Brendel (@Brendel) 1574364281.0
@mkraju When you have middle schoolers make signs, this is what you get.— Dahling (@Dahling) 1574360783.0
The word must've reached Republicans, because the sign was soon replaced with a list of witnesses not called to testify.
@RepSwalwell Remember that weird flex, "The third sign actually says: 0 Days Since Schiff Followed Rules"? It has s… https://t.co/WyLF7Yu0X5— Kadia Goba (@Kadia Goba) 1574367107.0
Too little, too late.