Scrappy When It Rains
Freezing rain couldn’t keep New Yorkers from turning up the pressure on Trump’s #SwampCabinet.
A thousand New Yorkers came out in the freezing rain yesterday to demonstrate outside the Midtown building that houses the offices of both Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer. Feeding off the momentum of Saturday’s Women’s March, which drew 400,000 protesters in Manhattan, constituents came out to ask their Senators to oppose President Trump’s #SwampCabinet nominees — one of more than 100 actions across the country that drew more than 10,000 demonstrators on Tuesday.
Going in, Gillibrand had a perfect record of opposing Trump nominees, but had not yet declared a position on controversial Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos. Schumer, on the other hand, was drawing fire from progressives for his lack of leadership as head of the senate minority — and for approving all three of Trump’s confirmed nominees, including CIA director Mike Pompeo.
As the rain came down and the crowd grew, a Schumer staffer emerged and addressed the crowd with a fiery message of support. The crowd, however, seemed to share the opinion of yesterday’s Village Voice article on Schumer, which noted that though “in media appearances, he’s doing his best to sound the part … Schumer’s tough talk doesn’t square with his voting record.” Chants of “Why Pompeo?” were followed by shouts of “No more deals.”
Shortly after the rally, Senator Gillibrand publicly announced her intention to vote “No” on DeVos.
Senator Schumer also took to social media to acknowledge the rallies at his offices across the state.
Later in the day, however, Nikki Halley was confirmed as Ambassador to the United Nations by a vote of 96–4. Both New York Senators voted “Yes,” moving Schumer’s perfect record of Trump support to 4–0.
Next Tuesday, we will return to Schumer’s Park Slope home — where we rallied two weeks ago — to urge the Senate Minority Leader to join the fight before it’s too late.
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