Chuck Schumer: “America Can’t Afford a Twitter Presidency”

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On Tuesday, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) targeted Donald Trump at the start of the 115th Congress and said he would resist the president-elect if Trump defaults on his promise to make America great again.

In his opening speech, the Senate Minority Leader used the platform to remind Congress about some of Trump’s controversial statements and his promise to transform the political system.

Schumer voiced his concerns about decisions that Trump and his transition team made that he claims do not align with his campaign promises about draining the swamp and fixing the rigged political system.

“If there’s one part of my speech that I hope you listen to and take to heart, it’s this one, and I mean it with the best of intentions. If you abandon change and simply embrace the shopworn, hard-right, pro-corporate pro-elite policies opposed to the many campaign themes that helped you win working class votes and get you elected, your presidency will not succeed. We Democrats will hold you accountable to the working people of America.”

Later in his speech, Schumer took aim at Trump’s habit of frequently taking to Twitter to post his opinions on political topics and world affairs. Despite the widespread outreach and other benefits that Twitter affords, he gave a strong warning to Congress that Trump should not use tweets to talk about America’s issues.

“Making America great again requires more than 140 characters per issue. With all due respect, America cannot afford a Twitter presidency. 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.”

Schumer finished his speech saying that America needs to hold Trump and Congress accountable while fighting for what is best for the United States.

Watch his full speech below:

H/T: Mediaite

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