Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden tries to unite allies in China Manchin insists he supports voting rights – we’ll see Biden talks Schumer reconciliation as infrastructure negotiations falter MORE (DN.Y.) said Thursday that the number of Republicans who believe former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer House Republican challenges DeWine for Ohio governor nomination GOP Senators Press Justice Department to Compare Protest Arrests to Capitol Riots Overnight Defense: Austin leads covert initiatives to counter China | Biden Highlights Alliances in Speech to Troops | Lockdown lifted at Texas base after reported shooting MORE will be reinstated as commander in chief later this year, represents a “shocking warning” of continued widespread acceptance of Trump’s unsupported claim of a stolen 2020 election.
In comments from the Senate floor, Schumer referred to a recent Politico-Morning Consult poll which found that 29 percent of Republicans believe Trump will be reinstated in the Oval Office later this year.
The poll came after New York Times reporter Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy Haberman3 in 10 Republicans believe Trump will be reinstated as president: poll Fan kicked out of Fenway Park after rolling out ‘Trump Won’ banner Is conspiracy the new religion of the Republicans, while organized religion is declining? MORE said last week that Trump has pressured conservative media to legitimize his theory of a “rigged” election and has told people in his inner circle that he believes he will be reinstated in August this year.
While 61 percent of GOP poll respondents rejected the conspiracy theory, Schumer said that the nearly 3 in 10 Republicans who supported Trump’s claim “is a depressing fact of our time that there is an audience that will believe literally anything you can imagine.” the former president says, no how unrealistic or false.”
“They’ll believe him if he’s just lying abjectly,” Schumer said, adding, “It’s a blatant warning that the big lie has created fertile ground for all sorts of insane conspiracy.”
“Of course the idea of ’recovery’ comes from the disgraced former President Trump himself and is nothing more than the misguided ramblings of a defeated politician,” the Democratic leader said before noting, however, that the blame “does not lie solely with the former president.” .”
Schumer criticized his Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill, arguing that “Washington Republicans and the political right” “have not done enough to resist the big lie.”
“After making some bold noises in the wake of Jan. 6, it appears that the Republican leadership here in Washington has traded political courage and truth for reconciliation,” he said.
“The Republican Minority Leader in the House called Donald Trump ‘morally responsible’ for the January 6 attack,” Schumer added, referring to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWisconsin State Legislator Compares Museum Mask Policy To Nazi Party Harris hears criticism from all sides during difficult first trip first Cheney compares Trump’s claims to Chinese Communist Party: ‘It’s very dangerous’ MORE (R-California).
“He authorized his deputies to participate in meticulous negotiations to establish an independent committee to study those events — and then promptly voted against it,” Schumer argued. He convened his entire conference to deliver a pink note to the only member of his leadership team who dared repeat the truth that President BidenJoe BidenWhite House announces major boost to global vaccine supply US in talks to buy Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to ship abroad: report Pentagon considers permission for airstrikes in Afghanistan as country enters crisis: report MORE is the chairman.”
Schumer claimed Thursday that the “Republican Party is now wrapped around the axis of the big lie,” adding that a “big reason” for this is that “Republican leaders are unwilling to move forward with Trumpism.”
“The truth is, the big lie has consequences,” the Senate leader added. “It erodes our confidence in elections, our faith in our democracy, and it gnaws at the right to vote in America.”
Haberman said last week that Trump “laser-targeted” at the Arizona election audit fueled by GOP claims of fraud in Maricopa County.
Election experts and Democrats, including Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has called the recount a purely partisan attempt based on unsupported allegations of vote fraud.