The US Congress is rife with nasty, selfish, cruel, vicious people, liars and cheats who think themselves the rulers of the American people rather than their hired hands. Among the worst is Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). In Chuck Schumer: Republicans Covet His Praise? back in 2017, I wrote of some of his egregiously terrible behavior. Enter “chuck schumer” into the SMM homepage search bar to find more of my writings on this particularly nasty piece of work.
Schumer is among those taking full advantage of the Coronavirus to fundamentally transform America, and he has been constantly ankle biting President Trump, in large part demanding things Mr. Trump has already done. Finally, Trump has had enough, as Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection reports:
Trump also just responded in a letter, which reads in part:
Thank you for your Democrat public relations letter and incorrect sound bites, which are wrong in every way …
We have given New York many things, including hospitals, medical centers, medical supplies, record numbers of ventilators, and more. You should have had New York much better prepared than you did, and as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx said yesterday, New York was very late in its fight against the virus. As you are aware, the Federal Government is merely a back-up for state governments. Unfortunately, your state needed far more of a back-up than most others.
If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the ‘invisible enemy.’ No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win.
Fortunately, we have been working with your state and city governments, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill DeBlasio, to get the job done. You have been missing in action, except when it comes to the ‘press.’ While you have stated that you don’t like Andrew Cuomo, you ought to start working alongside him for the good of all New Yorkers.
I’ve known you for many years, but I never knew how bad a Senator you are for the state of New York, until I became President.
Oooo. That had to leave a mark. Paul Mirengoff at Powerline is pretty much that site’s Trump antagonist. If not exactly a Never-Trumper, he often takes a generally dim view of Mr. Trump. He writes:
Next, Trump responds to Schumer’s call for the president to establish a ‘czar’ with a military background to oversee the production of medical equipment. He tells Schumer that he has a senior military officer, Rear Admiral Polowczyk, in charge of purchasing and distributing equipment and ‘working 24 hours a day.’ Trump adds that the White House so informed Schumer, but ‘for public relations purposes, you chose to ignore it.’
Schumer ‘should have had New York much better prepared than you did,’ Trump chides. He adds that ‘New York was very late in its fight against the virus.’
Trump is just getting started. ‘If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax. . .and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the ‘invisible enemy.’
There’s no merit in this claim. Impeachment had nothing to do with the New York’s level of preparedness for the Wuhan coronavirus.
Not quite. Trump appears to be referring to congressional D/S/C’s single-minded focus on impeachment, which is absolutely accurate. I see no implication that impeachment kept New York State government from acting. What did, at least in part, was Governor Cuomo’s waste of more than a billion dollars on green boondoggles, money that could and should have been spent on emergency preparedness.
Trump has Schumer’s number. I don’t doubt that most of Trump’s barbs have a strong basis in reality. Schumer is, first and foremost, a world-class grandstander.
Mirengoff is absolutely correct in this assessment, though “grandstander” is perhaps the mildest epithet one could apply to Schumer. I seldom call politicians evil, but Schumer is about as close as one could get. Here, Mirengoff is not so correct:
Even so, it would be nice if the president could refrain from this sort of childish letter, especially at a time like this. But at a time like this, when the president and his team are working around the clock to cope with a crisis not of their making and especially to help New York, it must be difficult — and not just for Trump — to refrain from lashing out against the odious Chuck Schumer.
Donald Trump has more than adequately demonstrated the ability to walk and chew gum simultaneously. While dealing with ongoing coup attempts that would have demolished most previous presidents, he has accomplished an extraordinary number of extraordinary things, all to the benefit of the American people. One of the primary reasons he won the presidency, and his favorability ratings have been rising since, is that when under never-ending unfounded attack, he does not roll over, expose his belly and beg his ankle-biting tormentors not to hurt him too badly. He fights back, and in so doing, earns the respect of normal Americans, people who will put up with much, but know that at some point, one must fight for what matters.
Childish? Unpresidential? Only if one thinks Republican presidents have some sort of obligation to take the most vicious and false attacks without responding in any way. While Mr. Trump is occasionally intemperate and says things I might not say in similar circumstances, he fights those that do not have the best interests of Americans at heart. Much may be forgiven for someone like that.
Mr. Trump has been effectively dealing with the Coronavirus since December of 2019, even as pond scum like Chuck Schumer was doing his worst to destroy him. Trump is one of those people who needs little sleep, and works far more than 8-hour days. I suspect he has sufficient time, circa April, 2020, to dictate a letter, or write the occasional tweet, without interfering with his work. One might even consider such things a necessary part of his work.
In writing to the despicable Schumer, Mr. Trump is engaging in definition of character. He is playing politics, and establishing the precedent that Republicans can, and should, actually fight back when D/S/Cs play politics. That’s a good thing. Normal Americans are enjoying having a president that actually likes America and Americans and puts the needs and welfare of both first, unlike Chuck Schumer, who puts Chuck Schumer first, the D/S/C Party second, and America and Americans, dead last.