Fear-mongering is a common strategy used by those who want to demonize certain rivals or certain political moves. While this is something that always makes the person who uses it look ridiculous, it tends to be quite effective with the political base.
Given this situation, it wasn’t surprising that California Rep. Adam Schiff decided to suggest that the release of the controversial House Intelligence Committee’s memo could have an Oklahoma City-style bombing consequence. After all, covering the crimes and abuses exposed in the document is now the main priority of the Democrats.
Naturally, it was a shameful hyperbole with which this prominent member of the Democratic Party wanted to downplay the controversial revelations exposed on the memo. However, he knew he had to do it in order to solve the popularity crisis that his party has been experiencing after its release.
Basically, the idea was that in order to soften the collateral damage that this information is having for the Democratic Party, the Democrats’ rhetoric on this matter would have to be how the memo release would harm the public trust in the FBI.
Of course, this move includes the opportunistic and hypocritical praise of an institution that has always been criticized by this party and the American left.
What seemed to be the most interesting element of Schiff’s remarks is the fact that he said it on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Naturally, he chose the best place to send his unfortunate message.
Everything started soon after the liberal host asked Schiff if the Republican strategy to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller was working.
As you might notice, Stephanopoulos was simply executing the same liberal talking point that suggests how the goal of releasing the memo was only to thwart the Russian investigation.
In the liberal echo chamber, this was the only reason why Republicans in the Congress decided to make this move. According to the Democrats, the FBI abuses and crimes weren’t relevant enough to let the American people know anything about it.
After hearing the question, Schiff responded by bringing up a hypothetical scenario where a neighbor was buying huge amounts “of fertilizer”, referencing the Oklahoma City bombing that took place 23 years ago. He continued his ridiculous explanation;
“The problem with this [the release of the memo], and this is I think at the heart of the department’s concern, is if you have a neighbor who is buying fertilizer, lots of fertilizer, but has no yard and you have concerns about it and you want to call the FBI, you’re now going to wonder, is that FBI going to hold my name in confidence or this information in confidence? What if this becomes politicized? Sources are going to dry up because of what the Republicans on this committee are doing now.”
Basically, Schiff took the train all the way to the station by suggesting that the release of the memo could lead to a similar case as that one.
Schiff is arguing that because of the memo release, the American people will now prefer a major tragedy to happen in the country.
In addition to the fear-mongering, Schiff told Stephanopoulos that he doesn’t think that the memo release is working to discredit the investigation.
As a matter of fact, Schiff explained that this isn’t happening because the American people still have “a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller”.
Naturally, the Democrat was providing a monumental lie live on air, given the fact that the public trust in the investigation dramatically decreased since the text messages of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page got revealed.
Finally, Schiff told Stephanopoulos that the most delicate issue with the memo release is that it destroys the confidence between “our committee” and the intelligence community.
According to the Democrat, this last faction will now think twice before providing its deepest held secrets, considering that they won’t trust now that the committee will hold them in good confidence.
Schiff explained that the FBI could decide not to share more information because this institution can’t rely on the committee not to be partisan in the handling of that content.
Naturally, what seems extremely ironic about this new Democratic narrative is the fact that this is the party that has always smeared the police.
Now that the memo release could hurt their aspirations for the November elections, the new strategy seems to be the hypocritical praise and defense of an institution they always despised.