If there has been any hero in this deeply disingenuous farce of a Nunes memo, it has been Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee who has somehow kept his cool in the face of a slithering chairman and malevolent president. It was to be expected, then, that Trump would fire off this tweet:
About two hours later, Trump tweeted that it's Devin Nunes who is "a man of tremendous courage and grit" and "may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!" (After all this time, I remain perplexed as to why Trump must finish every tweet with an exclamation point.)
The unflappable Schiff responded to the excitable Trump: "Mr. President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of 'Executive Time.' Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or...really anything else."
Here, I must differ with Mr. Schiff. I feel a bit safer knowing that Trump spends his time spewing false smears rather than tackling important matters of state, all of which require historical knowledge, human understanding, solid briefings, and a fair amount of intelligence. Since Trump possesses none of these, it's comforting that he prefers tweeting smears.