Schumer Reneges on ‘Moral Obligation’ to ‘Avoid Gridlock,’ ‘Get Things Done’

Craig Bannister | January 4, 2017
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On Nov. 7, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) declared that Congress had a “moral obligation” to put aside political differences and “get things done” under the new president. But, all that changed on Nov. 8. Now, he’s promising to prevent the Senate from confirming President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick – even though Trump hasn’t even announced who that is.

In a presumptuous Bloomberg article the day before the election (which assumed a Hillary Clinton victory), Schumer claimed the moral high ground and said it was Congress’ duty to avoid gridlock – under a Clinton White House:

“We have a moral obligation, even beyond the economy and politics, to avoid gridlock and get the country to work again... We have to get things done.”

But, all that’s changed, now.

On MSNBC Tuesday night, Sen. Schumer promised to promote, not avoid, gridlock and block President Trump’s efforts to “get things done”:

"We are not going to make it easy for them to pick a Supreme Court justice," he said.

Suggesting that could be any nominee, he said: "It's hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we [Democrats] could support."

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