Former congressman Trey Gowdy bemoaned the polarization of politics in the Trump era.
The South Carolina Republican, who left Congress earlier this year, was asked how the Trump presidency is going as part of a birthday profile in Politico. He declined to answer directly.
“The great thing about a participatory democracy is the jury gets to render a verdict — at the presidential level — every four years,” Gowdy said. “The way politics is now, you receive too little credit from your detractors and too much praise from your supporters because objectivity has been replaced with relativism.”
Gowdy, who chaired a number of high-powered committees, announced his intent to retire from Congress last year, expressing his frustration with politics.
“Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system,” he said in a statement at the time. “As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.” Gowdy was first elected to serve South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District in 2010.
Since retiring in January, Gowdy rejoined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a white-collar defense attorney. He is also a contributor on Fox News, where he has warned his old GOP colleagues against hyping the Justice Department investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.
Gowdy said he plans to spend his 55th birthday playing golf with his son Watson, Rep. John Ratcliffe, who recently dropped out of contention for director of national intelligence amid controversy, and Sen. Lindsey Graham “if he is around.” Then, Gowdy said he will “eat dinner that night with my wife, Terri, Watson and Johnny. Our daughter starts law school the 21st, so she’ll be studying (hopefully).”