In the race for a California Senate seat, an intense debate unfolded between four candidates, including former Major League Baseball All-Star and Republican candidate Steve Garvey, who took a strong stance against Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff.
The other participants in the discussion were Democratic Reps. Katie Porter and Barbara Lee.
Garvey didn’t mince words when it came to his criticism of Schiff. He pointedly accused Schiff of being dishonest with the American public, stating, “I think you’ve been censured for lying.”
Schiff, in response, shifted the focus to former President Donald Trump, asserting that he had been censured for opposing a corrupt president. He elaborated, “I was just called a liar by Mr. Garvey. Mr. Garvey, I was censured for standing up to a corrupt president…that president has been indicted with 91 felony counts, that president that you won’t refuse to support.”
He continued his defense by expressing his willingness to stand up against individuals he perceives as threats to democracy, including Trump, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and Jim Jordan, and those he referred to as “MAGA enablers” in Congress.
However, Garvey responded with a firm reproach, saying, “Sir, you lied to 300 million people and you can’t take that back.”
The debate referenced a resolution passed in June 2023 censuring Schiff, the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee. The resolution claimed that Schiff had spread false accusations about Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 Presidential election. It also stated that Schiff had abused the trust given to him by having access to sensitive intelligence unavailable to most Members of Congress.
The resolution further argued that Schiff’s actions had hindered the Intelligence Committee’s ability to fulfill its oversight responsibilities over the Intelligence Community and had misled the American people, bringing disrepute upon the House of Representatives.