Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) believes political “objectivity” in the Trump era has been lost to “relativism.”
During a birthday interview with Politico, Gowdy — the former chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — was asked for his thoughts regarding President Donald Trump‘s first term in office.
Gowdy chose not to answer the question directly, instead saying that he believed that “politics” nowadays was more polarized, with people receiving “too little credit” from opponents and “too much praise” from backers.
He also said that he believed that “relativism” has taken the place of “objectivity” in the politics of the Trump era.
“The great thing about a participatory democracy is the jury gets to render a verdict — at the presidential level — every four years,” the former House Oversight chairman 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 was also asked for what books he was currently reading or had currently finished. He replied that he was currently reading ‘The Myth of Sisyphus,’ the Greek myth of the Corinthian king cursed by Zeus to eternally roll a boulder up a hill in Hades only to have it roll back down again.
“Recently, ‘Anna Karenina’ and ‘Crime and Punishment.’ Currently, ‘The Myth of Sisyphus.’ Why? Why not,” said the South Carolina Republican. “Trying to find meaning in the mundane. I enjoy the absurdists and how they reconcile purpose versus irrelevance.”
Gowdy was first elected to Congress in 2010 and elected to retire from office last year.
“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,” Gowdy said then in a statement. “As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.”