As grassroots pressure on Democratic leaders to do everything in their power to stop President Donald Trump from nominating yet another right-wing extremist to the Supreme Court continues to intensify, New Yorkers reacted with fury on Monday to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) last-minute decision to cancel an in-person town hall—a move one organizer said shows the senator is “out of touch with his base.”
“Our country is in crisis and we need leadership. That means rescheduling this town hall and uniting his caucus against Trump’s extremist nominees.”
—Liat Olenick, Indivisible Nation Brooklyn”Our country is in crisis and we need leadership,” said Liat Olenick, co-president of Indivisible Nation Brooklyn, one of the groups that tried for a year to get Schumer to agree to a face-to-face meeting. “That means rescheduling this town hall and uniting his caucus against Trump’s extremist nominees.”
Claiming that the cancellation was due to plane troubles—an excuse the event’s organizers didn’t buy—Schumer decided to call in to the town hall while his constituents sat in a sweltering Brooklyn synagogue, and New Yorkers made sure to let the senator know what they think of his performance as leader of the minority party.
“You’ve not played to win like Mitch McConnell has,” one attendee told Schumer, a sentiment echoed by others at the event.
Stressing the importance of ensuring that the Democratic caucus is united in opposition to Trump’s incoming Supreme Court nominee—which will be chosen from an already-compiled list of right-wing ideologues—organizers led chants of “Whip the vote!” and spread the hashtag #SchumerNoShow to express their outrage.
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