In a Politico interview, the Senate minority leader recounts breaking his post-election funk.
In an interview published in Politico today previewing upcoming clashes with Senate Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recounted his post-election funk for three days after Hillary Clinton lost. Then, on the fourth day, Schumer says, “it was like a thunderbolt hit me, almost a message from God.” Check out the interview excerpt below:
He said he fell into a deep funk for three days after Clinton lost and Democrats blew their best chance at taking back the Senate until 2020. But on the fourth day, Schumer says, “it was like a thunderbolt hit me, almost a message from God.” “I said to myself if Hillary won and you were majority leader, the job would be more fun and it would be a lot easier. And most importantly you’d get to do some good things,” Schumer said. “But with Trump as president and you as minority leader, the job is much more important. That has fueled me ever since.”
Always one to boast, and predict political victories that don’t pan out, Schumer predicted Senate Democrats would prevail in the debates over the Supreme Court vacancy and a potential government shutdown:
The Democratic leader is now predicting victory over McConnell in two partisan confrontations about to come to a head, over the Supreme Court vacancy and a potential government shutdown. Never mind that the Democratic Party is in its weakest state in more than a decade. “They’re in charge. Government shuts down, it’s on their back. We have leverage,” Schumer said in a lengthy interview in his Capitol suite, the same spot where Reid held court with reporters. If Democrats block Neil Gorsuch and McConnell kills the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees, “the onus is on them.”
That “message from God” has apparently led Schumer to confront Trump supporters at swanky New York City restaurants as reported by The New York Post:
Sen. Chuck Schumer caused a scene at a Manhattan restaurant when he began yelling at a wealthy and well-connected Donald Trump supporter that the POTUS is “a liar.” Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, lost his cool on Sunday night at Upper East Side restaurant Sette Mezzo, according to witnesses.
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