Fact Check: Rep. Elise Stefanik Did NOT Call Adam Schiff A 'Lying Son Of A B-tch'

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Rep. Elise Stefanik Did NOT Call Adam Schiff A 'Lying Son Of A B-tch' No Profanity

Did Rep. Elise Stefanik angrily call Rep. Adam Schiff a "lying son of a bitch" during a meeting in Congress? No, that's not true: This post has a clickbait headline apparently to draw attention to a Facebook page. In only a portion of the video in this post, Stefanik criticized Schiff during her remarks over a whistleblower in a 2019 meeting. She never used the phrase "son of a bitch" in referring to Schiff.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post published on September 12, 2022. The title of the post, which included a video, read:

'You π‹π˜πˆππ† Son πŽπ… 𝐀 𝐁-𝐓𝐂𝐇' Elise Stefanik π†πžπ­π¬ Up And π’π‡π”π“πƒπŽπ–π Schiff 𝐚𝐭 π‚π¨π§π π«πžπ¬π¬

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Stefanik: Schiff Image.png

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Sept 16 16:30:57 2022 UTC)

In the first portion of the video, the footage shows Stefanik criticizing Schiff over a dispute concerning the appearance of a whistleblower in a Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence meeting on November 15, 2019. The rest of the video displays Rep. Chip Roy during an unrelated meeting and then Stefanik at a press conference about immigration policies. At the press conference, Stefanick does not mention Schiff.

During the 13-minute, 27-second video of her remarks, Stefanik never refers to Schiff using any profanity. At the time of writing, a search of Google News produced no stories about "Rep. Elise Stefanik Calling Out Adam Schiff."

This is not the first time Lead Stories has reported on political clickbait headlines in social media posts. Similar fact checks can be found here and here.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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