One nice thing about President Donald Trump's impeachment trial concluding in February was that we wouldn't have to hear from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) as much. His self-righteous attitude, coupled with that half smirk that seems to be ingrained on his face, wouldn't be gracing our screens on a daily basis anymore. Alas, on occasion, we do still get a soundbite from Schiff here and there that would even tick off a child surrounded by puppies.
Schiff joined MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Friday to apparently talk about the correlation between Trump's impeachment and the current, ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that - as of this writing - has taken over 55,000 lives.
Once Hayes was done with his usual tinfoil rhetoric, it was time for Schiff to give his two cents.
"I don’t think we had any idea how much damage he would go on to do in the months ahead," Schiff told Hayes. "There are 50,000 Americans now who are dead in significant part because of his incompetence, because of his inability to think beyond himself and put the country first."
Here's a transcript of what Schiff said:
Well, there's one thing that really, I have to say, haunts me from that trial, and it was before that snippet that you showed where we knew we had to answer the question to the senators, 'Okay, House managers. You've proved him guilty. Does he really need to be removed? After all, we have an election in nine months. How much damage could we really do?' And we posed that question to the Senate, and we answered it by saying that he could do an awful lot of damage. But frankly, Chris, I don’t think we had any idea how much damage he would go on to do in the months ahead. There are 50,000 Americans now who are dead in significant part because of his incompetence, because of his inability to think beyond himself and put the country first. I don’t think we would have ever anticipated that his brand of narcissism and his brand of incompetence - sometimes his brand of malevolence - would be so fatal to the American people. But probably, you know, the strongest echo of what we were talking about during the trial was when he was earlier talking about how he didn’t want to return the calls from governors. He didn’t want his vice president to return calls from governors that weren’t saying nice things about him, that really weren’t saying things about him he could turn into campaign commercials as indeed he has. That was such a profound and disturbing echo of what he tried to do with Ukraine. So sadly, you know, as we pointed out during the trial, a man with no moral compass will never find his way. And this president certainly hasn't.