Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tripped over his words during a Friday speech from the Senate floor.
After announcing that the article of impeachment was expected to be delivered by Monday, Schumer said that the Senate would take it up and proceed with a trial. “Senators will have to decide if Donald John Trump incited the erection,” Schumer said, before immediately correcting himself and adding, “insurrection.” (RELATED: Schumer Says Pelosi To Deliver Impeachment Article To Senate On Monday)
“It will be a fair trial. But make no mistake, there will be a trial and when that trial ends, senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John — Donald John Trump incited the erection — insurrection against the United States,” Schumer said, appearing to catch his breath as he realized his mistake.
I regret to inform you that Chuck Schumer just said ‘erection’ instead of ‘insurrection’ on the Senate floor pic.twitter.com/U5xRRnkaQg
— Dave Jamieson (@jamieson) January 22, 2021
So, on the Senate floor, Chuck Schumer just said that senators must decide if “Donald John Trump incited the erection, uh, insurrection…”
Well, it WAS an uprising!
— Robert A George (@RobGeorge) January 22, 2021
Schumer then went on to discuss the other issues facing the Senate, beginning with the proposed power-sharing agreement made necessary by a fifty-fifty split between the parties and the condition — protection of the filibuster — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had placed on such agreements.