Tell Chuck Schumer: No compromise with Trump.
While President Obama was engaged in tough diplomacy to avert a nuclear Iran, Chuck Schumer was beating the drum for war. While Democrats were demanding multinational corporations pay their fair share, Chuck Schumer was scheming with Republicans on a tax giveaway. While progressives were trying to reclaim our economy from Wall Street, Schumer was allying with big banks.
If Chuck Schumer does not change his ways under a bigoted, racist, anti-poor and misogynistic Trump presidency, millions will suffer.
Headlines are already blaring that “Trump May Tap Unlikely Ally in Congress: Chuck Schumer,” and reports note that Trump has in the past donated to Schumer more than any other Democrat. Schumer has just been officially chosen as the new leader of Senate Democrats — our only bulwark against Republican hate at the federal level. He must hear in no uncertain terms that he must drop any plans for compromise and commit to resisting hatred.
Mere days after the hate-speech candidate of white nationalists won a narrow electoral vote victory but lost the popular vote, there is already noise about Schumer teaming up with Trump, especially on infrastructure. In the past, Schumer has used infrastructure spending as an excuse to plot with Republicans to give multinational corporations a massive tax break on the nearly $2.2 trillion they have been hiding offshore.
It is possible that Schumer simply forgot that past authoritarian leaders have used infrastructure spending to win support for racist policies. But it’s just as likely that a man who voted to give George W. Bush a blank check for war in Iraq, tried to sabotage his own president’s peacemaking, undercut Sen. Harry Reid in government shutdown negotiations, and has raked in millions from Wall Street simply does not have the backbone to stand up to hate.
As we noted earlier, here is what outgoing Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid had to say about Trump’s election:
“If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate. Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try.”
Chuck Schumer merely said, “It is time for the country to come together and heal the bitter wounds from the campaign.”7
This is no time for reconciliation from Democratic leaders. Trump does not have a mandate. He did not win the popular vote. Trump is our president because of the Electoral College and a little more than 100,000 votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which tells us nothing about Trump’s popularity and everything about the success of the massive voter suppression program the right-wing has systematically built over the last few years.
During the campaign, stories emerged from all over the country of racist and bigoted bullying, harassment and violence against people of color, immigrants, people wearing the hijab, LGBTQ people and others. Since Tuesday night, violence against the communities Trump targeted during his campaign has only escalated — and it will only get worse if Democratic leaders like Chuck Schumer help to legitimize Trump’s presidency.
Thank you for speaking out.
Originally published at act.credoaction.com.