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The Democrats are coming in hard and fast with their attacks on Trump-supporting Republicans, with Democrat Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) now leading the charge.
Over the weekend, Schumer lambasted Trump supporters during a community meeting with New York State assembly member Rebecca Seawright, asking why 74 million people could vote for a man he found despicable, Donald Trump.
Speaking at the event, Schumer met with Roosevelt Island and Upper East Side community leaders in Roosevelt Island, New York.
Today I was proud to hold a community meeting with our Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, leaders, and activists from our community. pic.twitter.com/jYr3Q65dsH
— Rebecca Seawright (@SeawrightForNY) July 23, 2021
“You probably ask yourself the same question I ask myself: How could 74 million people vote for such a despicable human being as Donald Trump,” Schumer said. “He is a vile man. He is dishonest. He is divisive — That’s what he loves to do, just divide people.”
“He’s a racist and he always appeals to the dark side of human nature, which he’s very good at, unfortunately,” Schumer added. “How did they vote for him?”
According to local news, Schumer began his comments by first describing his experience of January 6, the election of the two Democratic Party senators from Georgia, becoming the Senate Majority Leader, and ended his speech with his remarks about former President Donald Trump and his supporters, including some of whom were present at the Capitol.
He reportedly said:
… As a nation January 6 could be described, at least from my point of view, by the opening line in Charles Dickens novel A Tale Of Two Cities, the best of times the worst of times.
You may remember that January 5th was our election day in Georgia where we had two Democratic senators if they won, we knew we’d get back to a Democratic majority. Well, I was very nervous, I stayed up all night watched the results Tuesday night bled into Wednesday morning.
I’m on the computer at 2 a.m. What’s the results in Chatham county, how many African-American turnout was there in Dekalb county. Finally at 4 00 a.m in the morning, it’s clear that we’ve won and we would gain the Democratic majority.
I would replace Mitch McConnell as the majority leader…
… you probably asked yourself the same question I asked myself. How could 74 million people vote for such a despicable human being as Donald Trump and I don’t care if you’re a liberal or a conservative Democrat or Republican, he is a vile man, he is dishonest, he is divisive. That’s what he loves to do, just divide and have people fighting with each other. He’s a racist and he always appeals to the dark side of human nature which he’s very good at unfortunately.
How did they vote for him and I realized that for too many Americans they no longer had faith in the American dream. We are a bright sunny optimistic country or have been but in the last 20 years or so a sourness has overtaken our land and people don’t have faith in that American dream. If you ask the average American what is the American dream to you they say it means if I work hard I’ll be doing better 10 years from now that I’m doing today and my kids will be doing still better than me.
When people don’t believe that, they can turn to a demagogue and that’s what they did to some extent in 2020. We didn’t give them a bold strong vision. Middle class and the people struggling to get to the middle class don’t expect us to snap our fingers and make all their troubles go away but they expect to see progress. Our mission and moral was to restore that progress and hope, so they would never turn to a demigod like they did in 2016 and almost did in 2020. So those were my feelings, joy but awe.
According to local news, the meeting with the New York senior senator at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House was arranged by Seawright to hear from the Senator regarding federal aid for tenants, small businesses, transportation, health, and other issues raised by the community.
Attendees reportedly included a number of activists, community advocates, non-profit representatives, local school leaders, and local hospital healthcare officials.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to Majority Leader Schumer who has been tireless in securing direct economic support to enable our communities to rise, unite and fight back from COVID-19,” said Seawright, who thanked Schumer for his efforts in promoting economic impact payments, federal pandemic unemployment aid, and a variety of other Democrat-driven policies in the U.S. Senate.
“As we continue the recovery from the pandemic, we want to ensure that our district is on the pathway to a thriving Upper East Side, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island, ” she said.