Thousands of progressive protesters turned on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for his “weak” stance against President Donald Trump, according to a Tuesday report in the New York Post.
Members of the left feel that Schumer and other Senate Democrats haven’t opposed Trump’s cabinet appointees as strongly as they’d like, and thousands of protesters took to the streets outside of Schumer’s home to protest what they assert is his “centrist” stance on the issue.
“Senator Schumer needs to know we’re watching him,” protester Brad Wolchansky told the Post. “He works for us. We need him to be bold. We need him to stand up to Trump and oppose his picks.”
Schumer initially announced he would oppose “at least eight” of the Trump nominees, but Democrats worry that the ranking senator’s yes votes to confirm Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and Rep. Mike Pompeo for the position of director of the CIA signal Schumer softened in his opposition to Trump.
“He’s talking the talk on social media, but is he walking the walk?” Cambra Moniz-Edwards asserted, before asking, “What the fuck, Chuck?!”
Signs present at the protest ranged from the supportive “Stay strong, Chuck,” to the more activist “Shut it down, shut it down, New York is an immigrant town.”
Trump’s cabinet is emptier than past administrations for the first 12 days in office. President Barack Obama had at least 7 appointees confirmed by Republicans during this time in 2009, and Senate Democrats are mostly to blame.
The opposition party was able to force days of debates for nearly every appointee, including forcing education secretary hopeful Betsy Devos to answer nearly 1,400 follow-up questions, a first for the confirmation process.
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