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Schiff blasted by GOP opponent for calling censure a badge of honor: 'He's a national disgrace'

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff’s Republican opponent in his California Senate bid slammed the congressman’s claim that being censured by Congress is a “badge of honor.”

“Every time Schiff opens his mouth, he lies,” attorney and Republican Senate candidate Eric Early told Fox News Digital on Thursday. “At this point, he’s like a cornered animal who is just flailing around and saying one ridiculous thing after another.”

After becoming only the 25th member of Congress in American history to be censured, Schiff told Fox News that he takes it as a “badge of honor because this says that I’m effective.”

“They go after people that they think are effective, I exposed the corruption of a former president,” Schiff said. “I led the first impeachment trial of the former president to the first bipartisan vote to remove a president in U.S. history.”

The censure vote against Schiff, which ultimately passed by a party line vote of 213-209 with six Republicans voting present, was launched by Republican Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna. The censure bill said that Schiff’s peddling of the debunked collusion narrative between Russia and former President Donald Trump was unbecoming of a member.

CENSURED MEDIA DARLING ADAM SCHIFF USED LIBERAL TV PLATFORMS TO PEDDLE ‘COLLUSION’ CLAIMS FOR YEARS

Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., attends a business meeting prior to a hearing on U.S. southern border security on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 1, 2023. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“As chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff launched an all-out political campaign built on baseless distortions against a sitting U.S. president, at the expense of every single citizen in this country and the honor of the House of Representatives,” Luna said before the vote.

“The damage he did is incalculable,” Early, who unsuccessfully ran against Schiff for his seat in Congress in 2020, said. “For years, he went on TV and in the press virtually every day lying to Americans, and what made it so much worse was that he was the head of the House Intelligence Committee, and so he made all Americans believe he had seen classified information that supported all of his lies about Russia collusion of the Trump campaign.”

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“He really was one of the leaders of a soft coup of a president, and he damaged the presidency tremendously,” Early continued. “He divided the nation tremendously, and he continues to do all of that to this very day. He is a national disgrace of the highest magnitude, and yesterday, censure was so well-deserved.”

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