At a Wednesday night rally in Greensville, North Carolina, President Trump’s fans broke out into chants of “Send her back!” The cry, aimed at freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, was criticized by several Republicans and even President Trump disavowed the remark.
But the Republican criticism of Trump and the chant at his rally wasn’t entirely enough to satiate the objections of Democrats. On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the floor of the Senate to hit the president and his Republican colleagues for not having the courage to stand up firmly to the White House.
“The way the president appeals to the worst instincts of people — what was shouted and chanted at the rally last night, without the president upbraiding them — was despicable, despicable,” Schumer said. “And eerily familiar to what happens in dictatorships.”
He went on to say, “…the only way President Trump will stop is when Republicans on the other side have the honor, the decency, the courage to tell him to stop.”
Later in his speech, Schumer slammed them, saying, “…our Republican friends are silent, history will show this. This is a moment — there’s no John McCain anymore. When this kind of bitter racism emerged at his town hall meeting, he rejected it publicly.”
Here’s a clip of Schumer’s remarks on the floor:
Chuck Schumer: "The only way Pres. Trump will stop is when Republicans on the other side have the honor, the decency, the courage to tell him to stop, and all we hear is silence and diversions from Leader McConnell … This is a moment. There's no John McCain anymore."
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— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 18, 2019
The Senate Minority Leader was referencing a town hall meeting from the 2008 presidential election, in which an audience member said of Obama, “I have read about him, and he’s an Arab.” At that moment, McCain took the microphone from the woman and said: “No ma’am, he’s a decent family man, [a] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with.”
In his speech on the Senate floor, Schumer said that the interaction, “it went down in history as one of his finest moment,” before asking, “Where are the fine moments of my colleagues?”