I’m on record as stating how unproductive, foolish and dangerous the recent liberal protests have been, and that’s before you even bring the hypocrisy factor into play. But a liberal protest against Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)? That is taking hypocrisy and idiocy to a whole ‘nother level.
In spite of their previous relationship and the money Trump has donated to Schumer in the past, Schumer has opposed Trump at every turn since he became the Republican nominee for President. Schumer has used his position as Senate Minority Leader to stump against Trump at every possible opportunity, starting on the very day Trump took office:
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, the most powerful Democrat in nation’s capital under the new GOP order sworn in today, used his address at the inauguration ceremony to celebrate a number of groups President Donald Trump has attacked in the past—immigrants, the disabled, religious minorities and the free press.
Assuming the podium at the West Front of the Capitol moments before Trump’s swearing-in, the senior senator from New York acknowledged the “challenging and tumultuous” nature of the present moment. He even at times echoed the anti-elitist sentiments that fired the GOP nominee‘s populist campaign.
But he seemed to disparage the tone of Trump’s bid for the White House, and his proposals to create a registry of Muslim citizens, to “open up the libel laws” to make it more difficult for journalists to publish critical articles, to appoint Supreme Court justices who might reverse the recent gay marriage decision and—of course—to deport millions of undocumented immigrants
“A rapidly changing economy that benefits too few while leaving too many behind. A fractured media. A politics frequently consumed by rancor. We face threats foreign and domestic. In such times, faith in our government, our institutions and even our country can erode,” he said. “Whatever our race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, whether we are immigrant or native-born, whether we live with disabilities or do not, in wealth or in poverty, we are all exceptional in our commonly held yet fierce devotion to our country.”
Since then, Schumer has basically done everything he possibly can to oppose Trump. Whether it’s Trump’s picks for cabinet, Trump’s recent nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (both before and after anyone knew who the nominee was), the Trump Executive Orders regarding immigration from terrorist states, or basically anything else Trump has done since he took office… there has been one Democratic leader who has been front and center every single time in opposition, and that is none other than Chuck Schumer.
For the record, I cannot stand Chuck Schumer. I can’t stand basically his entire political platform, in particular his positions on gun control, financial reform, tax increases, and (the failure that is) Obamacare. Not only that, he’s never held any job outside of politics, but has still gotten rich as a result of his corruption and pay-to-play politics, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if he used knowledge gleaned from his political position to engage in insider trading. And this is before you even get me started on his opposition to everything Trump does, which is essentially a hyperpartisan play to his voter base.
But, at least in some ways, I have to respect this man. He has done everything possible to oppose Trump at every turn. You have to at the very least acknowledge that Schumer has (and is) working to the best of his ability to subvert Trump, and his powerful position and years of experience as a politician make him perhaps the best possible person to stand lockstep in opposition to Trump. Perhaps no other Democrat knows the game better and has a better plan in place to oppose Trump, and even Schumer knows he can’t oppose everything the President does. Sooner or later, he has to at least allow Trump to put a staff in place, even if he still appears to be working to block it. Were he not to, such conduct will be not only be used against him in his next election, it will (obviously) be detrimental to career.
Which is why it is so shocking that people are protesting him for not doing enough, when there’s perhaps nothing else he could do, short of demanding that he be the one to replace Gorsuch as Supreme Court nominee.
“Senator Schumer needs to know we’re watching him,” fumed Brad Wolchansky, a 40-year-old soccer coach from Flatbush who was carrying a cardboard cutout of a giant eye on Tuesday night.
“He works for us. We need him to be bold. We need him to stand up to Trump and oppose his picks,” Wolchansky said.
He and roughly 3,000 others gathered at Grand Army Plaza around 6 p.m. before eventually making their way over to Schumer’s building at 9 Prospect Park West, between Carroll and President streets.
As they marched, the anti-Trump demonstrators waved signs saying “Resist Trump” and “Show Some Spine Schumer” — while also chanting things like “Stay strong, Chuck” and “Shut it down, shut it down, New York is an immigrant town.”
This is so far out of my realm of comprehension, there’s almost no way to respond. I suppose if you’re a Trump supporter, you have to be happy with this latest development?
In the bigger picture, it just confirms one fact that we knew all along: the protesters have no end goal, aren’t accomplishing anything, and people are starting to get sick of them. They’re basically blowing their protest load in the first weeks of Trump’s Presidency, before he’s even had the chance to push for and enact any legislation from a Congress controlled by Republicans in both chambers. By the time Trump does something that might actually be worth them protesting, “fatigue” from these non-stop pointless protests will have set in, and they will end up being a negative for their own cause.
I can’t help but laugh at the irony.