Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) skewered President Donald Trump in a Thursday speech after the president said he would be open to accepting dirt on an opponent from a foreign government.
“That is shocking. Shocking,” Schumer said from the floor of the Senate. “Yet sadly par for the course for this president.”
The Democratic leader said Trump “defined deviancy down to a new low” with his remarks in a new interview with ABC News.
When pressed as to whether he would contact the FBI or listen if a foreign government offered him dirt on an opponent in the upcoming election, the president said he would probably do both.
“I think maybe you do both,” he said. “I think you might want to listen, there’s nothing wrong with listening.”
Trump continued by saying that he had “seen a lot of things” in his life but has never contacted the FBI about anything.
“You don’t call the FBI,” he said. “You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do.”
Those comments didn’t sit well with Democrats, and Schumer expressed his objections in no uncertain terms on Thursday.
“Disgraceful, shocking,” Schumer said. “It’s as if the president has learned absolutely nothing from the past two years of investigations into Russia’s interference with the 2016 elections.”
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Schumer referenced the infamous Trump Tower meeting and Trump’s public overtures for the Russians to hack and release former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“The president’s comments, again, are undemocratic, un-American, disgraceful,” he said. “The president’s comments suggest he believes winning an election is more important than the integrity of the election. That idea is flat-out wrong.
“The president’s idea that winning the election is everything and the integrity of the election is nothing,” Schumer continued, “is one small step away from dictators and autocrats who manipulate the results of an election because they care more about staying in power than they care about Democratic principles.”