I continually get death threats. It's not just because of Trump's big lie, but it's because of his constant attacks and because other members of his party have just degraded the level of discourse in this country and made it so hateful and vitriolic. — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
I continually get death threats. It's not just because of Trump's big lie, but it's because of his constant attacks and because other members of his party have just degraded the level of discourse in this country and made it so hateful and vitriolic. — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

I think it's going to be essential to compile the public record of what led to January 6 so we can prevent it from ever happening again, and that means that we can't be stymied in our effort to get information. — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
I think it's going to be essential to compile the public record of what led to January 6 so we can prevent it from ever happening again, and that means that we can't be stymied in our effort to get information. — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Rep. Adam Schiff feels his safety is threatened by some Republicans' 'hateful' rhetoric and says the GOP is now an 'autocratic cult'
  • Adam Schiff told Insider he feels his safety is threatened by GOP endorsements of Trump's election lies.
  • "I continually get death threats" in part because GOP lawmakers have "degraded" public discourse, he said.
  • He highlighted how GOP lawmakers "live in fear" of Trump and have become an "autocratic cult" around him.
"I continually get death threats," he told Insider on Tuesday, adding, "It's not just because of Trump's big lie, but it's because of his constant attacks and because other members of his party have just degraded the level of discourse in this country and made it so hateful and vitriolic."

He also laid the blame on Republicans for amplifying Trump's bogus claims of widespread voter and election fraud, saying that those who stormed the Capitol "really believed the big lie, but the people that I serve with understand it's a big lie and they lack the courage to speak the truth about it.


Schiff pointed to House Minority Whip Steve Scalise's appearance on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace over the weekend, during which Scalise refused to disavow Trump's claims after repeatedly being asked to do so.

Scalise "was asked very bluntly by Chris Wallace whether he believed the election was stolen, and he couldn't give a simple answer," Schiff said. "He couldn't answer truthfully. That's how much they live in fear of Donald Trump, and how they've become an anti-truth, anti-democratic, autocratic cult around the former president."

... Schiff described the Republicans who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election as "insurrectionists in the chamber wearing suits and ties." Because of the events of January 6, he told Insider, "many" members of the Democratic caucus refuse to this day to work with those Republicans or cosponsor bills with them.

They want "nothing to do with anyone who voted to overturn the election," he said. "I haven't taken that approach because I can't. On the intelligence committee, I need to work to make sure that the oversight of the intelligence agencies get done, that we pass our intelligence authorization legislation to make sure that we're funding the agencies correctly and that we're putting in place the right privacy laws, and we've been able to do that."

"Intelligence is too difficult and too complicated to work on on a partisan basis," he added. "So it's made it more challenging for everyone but the work has to get done and we still manage to do it."

... "It's our expectation that the Justice Department will enforce criminal contempt [referrals] against those who flout the law," Schiff said. "I think it's going to be essential to compile the public record of what led to January 6 so we can prevent it from ever happening again, and that means that we can't be stymied in our effort to get information."
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/schiff-feels-safety-threatened-republican-endorsements-trump-lies-2021-10