Schiff Sparks Major Outrage With ‘Your Head Will Be On A Pike’ Comment

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff found a way to get even sympathetic supporters to turn on him when he brought up a conspiracy theory during his closing statements on Friday.

Politico reports Schiff “may have undermined his push in his final comments by citing a report of a Trump ally supposedly threatening GOP senators who vote against Trump; several Republicans murmured ‘not true’ immediately after.”

In his concluding statements on Friday, Schiff cited a CBS story when he said per Politico: “A Trump confidant said that key senators were warned, ‘Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.’ I don’t know if that’s true.”

“That’s not true,” Republicans in the Senate chamber could be heard saying, as Fox News reports.

The comment was widely criticized, including by Senator Lisa Murkowski who said she thought “he was doing fine” before making the comment.

“I thought he was doing fine with [talking about] moral courage until he got to the ‘head on a pike.’ That’s where he lost me,” Murkowski told a group of reporters. “He’s a good orator. It was just unnecessary.”

Another potential swing voter, Susan Collins similarly said she had never heard the line and said no Republican member had been threatened in any way.

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“Not only have I never heard the ‘head on the pike’ line but also I know of no Republican senator who has been threatened in any way by anyone in the administration,” she told reporters, Fox News reports.

Other Republican members similarly criticized Schiff’s line.

Republican Senator John Barrasso said, “No Republican senator has been told that.”

“What he has proven to all of us is, he is capable of falsehoods and will tell it to the country” he continued, speaking of Schiff. “And would tell it to us when we are sitting in the Senate chamber. When every one of us knows it is not true.”

And, per Fox News, Republican Senator James Lankford described it as “completely, totally false.”

“None of us have been told that,” he continued. “That’s insulting and demeaning to everyone to say that we somehow live in fear and that the president has threatened all of us.″

Republican Senator Joni Ernst described the story as “baloney,” Fox News reports, and said she was attentive to Schiff “until he got to the part where he just completely made a bunch of bullcrap up.”

Republicans weren’t the only ones bothered by the line as Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said: “That could have been left out, that’s for sure.”

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