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Name-calling isn’t going to stop Sen. Chuck Schumer from protesting President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
After finding himself in a war of words with Trump, the Democratic leader continued to fight Trump’s charge that Schumer was crying “fake tears” and acting when he denounced the president’s immigration and travel ban.
“President Trump should learn that name-calling is not going to solve the many problems this administration has already brought upon itself,” Schumer spokesman Matt House said in a statement to MSNBC on Tuesday morning. “He ought to repeal this un-American, poorly put-together, and rushed executive order that makes America less safe and figure out a real way to stop terrorism.”
After Trump’s executive order temporarily banning all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations went into effect Friday night, Schumer slammed the ban during a Saturday rally in New York City. During a press conference Sunday, the Senate minority leader choked back tears while calling it “un-American.”
During a visit to Monday’s Today show, Schumer reiterated his opposition of the order and the “sloppy and careless way” it was put into effect.
Trump first took issue with Schumer’s emotional response and blamed the chaos seen at airports over the weekend — host to nationwide protests — partially on Schumer’s “fake tears.”
“Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage, protesters and the tears of Senator Schumer,” Trump tweeted Monday morning.
During a televised Monday meeting, Trump again called out Schumer, saying there was a “5 percent” chance his tears were real. “I’m going to ask him: Who is his acting coach?” he said. “I know him very well. I don’t see him as a crier. If he is, he is a different man.”
— CNN (@CNN) January 30, 2017
Trump continued his “fake tears” claim Tuesday when he took to Twitter to chide both Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over audio issues they suffered during a rally held the night prior. There were technical difficulties at the protest — more than a thousand protesters came out to the Supreme Court —where Schumer announced plans to continue to protest the ban until Trump withdraws it.
“Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!” Trump tweeted early Tuesday.
Schumer’s words in his Tuesday statement echo many of the reverberating criticisms from Democrats, including acting attorney general Sally Yates, who was fired for refusing to enforce the order and spurred outcry Monday night. Some of Trump’s top national security officials — including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly — said they were in the dark on specific details of the order until Trump signed it.
Former President Barack Obama also expressed his dissent, saying he “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion” and was “heartened” by the weekend protests.
Trump’s order pauses the U.S. refugee program for four months and indefinitely bans all refugees from war-ravaged Syria.
“The mic briefly didn’t work, but this thin-skinned president clearly heard the voices of the more than 250 members of Congress and thousands of others who gathered outside the Supreme Court last night,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told Politico in response to Trump’s Tuesday morning tweet. “The president’s immoral executive order is clearly unconstitutional — no matter how many times he tweets or how many administration officials he fires.”
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