President Trump took a taunting jab at Rep. Adam Schiff with a video featuring clips from the Disney movie “Pinocchio.”
The president mocked the California Democrat, who is part of the team of House Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry against him, posting a video on Twitter Friday which featured clips of him interspersed with the cartoon puppet whose nose grows each time he tells a lie.
“LYIN’ SHIFTY SCHIFF!” Trump captioned the tweet, which began with the Blue Fairy from the 1940 film reminding Pinocchio to “be a good boy,” and followed with several clips of the House Intelligence chairman.
LYIN’ SHIFTY SCHIFF! pic.twitter.com/vSZgFz9fIS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2019
A clip of Pinocchio’s nose growing followed each “lie” Schiff told about the whistleblower who filed a complaint about Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine, which is now at the center of the impeachment inquiry. At the end of the minute-long video, the Blue Fairy tells the puppet boy “perhaps you haven’t been telling the truth.”
“But I have, every single word,” he responds over his now much larger wooden nose.
Earlier Friday, The Washington Post awarded the Democrat its highest rating for non-truth telling. Schiff was given four Pinocchios by The Post’s “Fact Checker” column for claims that he and his committee had “not spoken directly with the whistleblower.”
Schiff has come under fire for the remarks in light of a report by The New York Times this week claiming the whistleblower had spoken with Schiff’s committee staff before filing the complaint. The congressman had a significantly different take last month when appearing on MSNBC.
Adam Schiff gets 4 ‘Pinocchios’ from Wa-Po for lie about whistleblower https://t.co/GKumIEkBm4
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 4, 2019
“We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to,” Schiff said on “Morning Joe.”
“But I am sure the whistleblower has concerns that he has not been advised, as the law requires, by the inspector general or the Director of National Intelligence just how he is supposed to communicate with Congress, and so the risk to the whistleblower is retaliation,” he added.
The Washington Post called out the contradiction Friday, calling Schiff’s claim “flat-out false.”
“He now says he’s was answering the wrong question, but if that was the case, he should have quickly corrected the record,” the Post’s fact-checker wrote. “The explanation that Schiff was not sure it was the same whistleblower especially strains credulity.”
A committee representative told the publication that the congressman “intended to answer the question of whether the Committee had heard testimony from the whistleblower, which they had not.”
Former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy remarked that Schiff was awarded the four Pinocchios “only because you can’t get five.”
The former House Oversight Committee chairman, and now a Fox News contributor, spoke about the newspaper’s rating of the Democrat during an appearance on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Friday.
(Video: YouTube/Fox News)
“That’s the seventh sign of the Apocalypse when that happens,” Gowdy said of the surprising move by the liberal newspaper to call out Schiff with its highest Pinocchio rating.
He also questioned how long House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would “put up” with Schiff, whom he called a “career offender,” and his “mishandling” of the investigation.
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