Fox News contributor and former South Carolina congressman Trey Gowdy hammered impeachment manager Adam Schiff for his “wildly stupid trial strategy.”

Gowdy made the comments during the third day of President Trump’s impeachment trial, opining on whether or not Schiff’s argument that the American people can not decide the next election is a valid one.

“We are here today to consider a much more grave matter, and that is an attempt to use the powers of the presidency to cheat in an election,” Schiff announced.

“For precisely this reason, the President’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box—for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.”

“Adam’s Ordinarily Not That Stupid But…”

Fox News host Bret Baier queried Gowdy on what he called ‘the big question’

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“Is the way that Adam Schiff said it, do voters never get to trust the vote and only lawmakers can decide what the line is, that a president can get kicked out of office for?” Baier asked.

Gowdy didn’t hold back, starting off with a ‘but’ that you simply knew was going to leave a mark on Schiff.

“Yeah, Brett, Adam’s ordinarily not that stupid but when you tell the jury, the Senate, on one day that they’re corrupt and then you tell the American people they cannot be trusted to pick the commander in chief, that’s just a wildly stupid trial strategy,” he replied.

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Schiff’s Threat to Democracy

Gowdy was quick to point out that Democrats – including Schiff – were up in arms when then-candidate Donald Trump suggested he might not accept the results of the 2016 election.

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“It’s hard to believe the nominee of a major party won’t commit to accepting the election result,” Schiff tweeted at the time. “Unfit for any office.”

Now it seems, it’s perfectly okay for Democrats to suggest an election might be rigged.

“Remember when Donald Trump, as a candidate, began to question the reliability of the vote?” Gowdy asked Baier.

“Well Adam Schiff has done exactly the same thing,” he continued assuming a Democrat’s voice. “American people, we don’t trust you to factor this in in November, so we need a hundred senators to decide that.”

Gowdy reiterated, “It is a wildly stupid trial strategy, only surpassed by Jerry Nadler’s insulting of the jury two days ago.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has been a favorite target of Gowdy’s over the years.

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Last year, he referred to Schiff as a “wannabe senator” for opposing investigation of Obama-era spying on the Trump campaign.

And, despite contending in this interview that “Adam’s ordinarily not that stupid,” he has in the past referred to him as “consistently wrong,” “deeply partisan,” and joined Fox News personality Tucker Carlson in mocking Schiff as “an irresponsible buffoon.”

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