When Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace tried to blame Democrats for Trump’s failures, Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) destroyed the big lie.
Transcript via Fox News Sunday:
WALLACE: But, Senator, President Trump says one of the problems is the constant obstruction by you and your party. You know, back when Republicans were in the minority, you liked to call them the “party of no”. Today, aren’t you?
SCHUMER: Well, let’s take his biggest attempt so far, health care. That wasn’t the Democrats. He tries to blame the Democrats, but he didn’t need a single Democratic vote to pass it in the House. He couldn’t do it, he couldn’t do it twice.
He ought to realize that they ought to back off repealing Obamacare. We’ve said over and over again, if he backs off repeal, we’ll sit down and work with him to improve Obamacare.
Let’s look at his next major issue, the tax bill. It seems to be a tax bill that’s totally aimed at the wealthy interests, estate tax, get rid of it. You know how many people pay the estate tax? Only — each year, 5,200 of the various wealthiest Americans who have estates over $10 million.
Chris Wallace’s question could have been pulled directly from Donald Trump’s Twitter account. Republicans and their media are overlooking one fact when they try to blame Democrats for Trump’s failures.
It’s Republicans who control the House and Senate. Trump’s health care bill was killed by Republicans in the House. Trump’s tax plan is facing an uphill battle because House Republicans are divided between those fiscal conservatives who don’t want to pass an unpaid-for tax plan and Republican moderates who don’t want to raise taxes or take deductions away from the middle class and the poor.
Trump is failing because he has no base of support in Congress, and he is trying to govern by decree. Chuck Schumer was having none of the trash that Chris Wallace was peddling.
Republicans don’t get to be in total control of the federal government, and then blame Democrats when they fail.
It doesn’t work that way. Sen. Schumer was right. Trump owns it all now. If Trump wants Democratic votes on legislation, he’s going to have to come to the table and work with Democrats, because Democrats have more to lose by working with the deeply unpopular president than they stand to gain by putting their necks on the line for Trump.
Fox News was peddling a big lie when they tried to blame Democrats, and Senate Democratic Leader Schumer ripped that falsehood to bits on Fox News Sunday.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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