WASHINGTON ― Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) aimed his first speech as the new Senate minority leader at President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday, warning his fellow New Yorker that his presidency will fail if he just governs by Twitter and doesn’t deliver on his campaign pledges.
Trump is infamously fond of making pronouncements through social media, and infamously hard to hold accountable for his claims, according to independent fact checkers.
Schumer suggested that Trump will have to do much better on all accounts, but argued that Trump seems to be heading away from his promises to reform Washington.
“He said he was going to un-rig the system. So far, it still looks rigged,” Schumer said, noting that Trump is appointing a cabinet that includes billionaires and Wall Street veterans.
“If you abandon change and simply embrace the shop-worn, hard right, pro-corporate, pro-elite policies diametrically opposed to the many campaign themes that helped you win working class votes and get you elected, your presidency will not succeed,” Schumer said. “We Democrats will hold you accountable.”
Schumer had praise for Trump’s stances on China, trade and investing in infrastructure, but also suggested Trump’s penchant for tweeting at individual companies and policies would not achieve anything.
“With all due respect, America cannot afford a Twitter presidency,” Schumer said. “We have real challenges and we have real needs to get things done, and many Americans are afraid, Mr. President-elect, that instead of rolling up your sleeves and forging serious policies, for you, Twitter suffices.” Read full story here