While speaking about Donald Trump's Muslim ban, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer got emotional—and understandably so, given that the ban itself is reprehensible; that Schumer is a Jewish man who certainly has a lot of feelings about where this is headed; and that he is leading the party opposition from a minority position as he watches the country he loves be destroyed by an authoritarian and his coterie of vandals.
“This executive order was mean-spirited and un-American,” Schumer said as he choked up; Trump mocked him today, accusing him of “fake tears” pic.twitter.com/gjFI6vtHpK— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 30, 2017
SCHUMER: [choked up and sniffling at a press conference] This executive order was mean-spirited and un-American. [cut to clip of Schumer being interviewed later, and speaking with resolve] This evening, I will ask for a vote on the floor of the Senate to repeal this. Senator Feinstein has very carefully thought-out legislation to repeal this.This morning, Trump not only tweeted mockery of "the tears of Senator Schumer," but he again mocked the Senator's emotions during an interview.
TRUMP: I noticed that Chuck Schumer yesterday, with fake tears—I'm going to ask him who is his acting coach. 'Cause I know him very well. [barely concealing a sneer] I don't see him as a crier. If he is, he's a different man. There's about a five percent chance that it was real, but I think they were fake tears.This is just utterly contemptible behavior. Not only does he lack empathy himself, but he mocks people who do have empathy—and express it.
I have never, ever, been so ashamed of a United States president as I am, consistently, of Donald Trump. This man is disgusting.