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‘You’ll Never See Me on the Ballot Again’: Trey Gowdy Explains How Division Drove Him Out of Politics

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced that he would not be seeking re-election last year, but during his exit interview with Fox News, Gowdy said he’ll never be in politics again.

Gowdy became a household name for his expert questioning of witnesses ranging from disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok to former FBI Director James Comey.

He was relentless in his questioning, earning the respect of many Americans who wanted to see the truth come out about scandals like those that Hillary Clinton faced for her missing emails.

Although Gowdy had a lot of supporters that would have liked to see him remain in the House, the division and partisanship of today’s political atmosphere made the job intolerable.

In his conversation with Martha MacCallum, he explained how the “human nature” of the politicians at the Capitol drove him out.

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“The fundamental flaw [in politics] is that compromise has an incredibly small constituency, and we have bought into the notion that you can make transformative change with 51 percent of your fellow citizens. Democracy is supposed to be tough. I mean, it’s supposed to be tough, but I don’t think it’s supposed to be dysfunctional. When I mentioned human nature, I would like to see us apply the same rules to our friends as we do to our enemies. If we were really curious about this administration doing something, we should be equally curious when our own administration does it. And when winning becomes the ultimate objective, then you become relativists, and I just don’t want to spend the rest of my life doing that.”

Gowdy told MacCallum he was done with elected office.

“You will never see me on the ballot again,” he said.

After he leaves his office at the end of the year, Gowdy plans to return to practicing law. He also has plans to work with his fellow South Carolinian, Sen. Tim Scott, on a few books. The two also co-taught a class at Clemson University.

Gowdy did admit that, although he won’t be seeking office, he will return to the campaign trail if his colleagues, like Scott, want his help.

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