Protesters block Schumer’s office, call for new leadership
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Seventeen demonstrators were arrested on Monday while staging a sit-in against Sen. Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer mourns death of 'amazing' father Feehery: The honest contrarian Biden administration to release oil from strategic reserve: reports MORE (D-N.Y.) at the incoming Senate minority leader’s office in Washington, D.C., according to a new report.


The arrested protesters were from a group of roughly 40 people urging Schumer to step aside and hand the party’s leadership to either Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Bernie Sanders' ex-spokesperson apprehensive over effectiveness of SALT deductions BBB threatens the role of parents in raising — and educating — children MORE (I-Vt.) or Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Biden eyes new path for Fed despite Powell pick Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Storms a growing danger for East Coast MORE (D-Mass.) instead, Roll Call said.

“People here are either going to meet with Schumer or get arrested,” said Waleed Shahid, the leader of the group, before authorities moved in.

“Our goal is to show the Democratic Party needs new leadership and they failed to protect us,” he added of All of Us 2016 group. “We want Chuck Schumer to withdraw his name.”

Shahid said All of Us 2016 formed about a month before President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE’s stunning White House win.

The group now plans on targeting “Wall Street Democrats,” he said, which it blames for the Republican’s win over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble MORE.

“A lot of us are willing to go to jail,” Shahid said, adding the group would target all Democratic senators “who don’t do anything they can to filibuster Trump’s legislation that promotes his hatred or his greed.”

Roll Call said the group’s protest began around 11:30 a.m. Monday and featured slogan chanting and singing.

“We are here because so many of us are terrified and scared and pissed off,” said Yong Jung Cho, a participant from Queens, N.Y.

“Donald Trump is a threat to the American people,” she added, warning Monday’s protest was a “first warning” to other Democrats. 

“Democrats must refuse to negotiate with a racist fascist.”

Democrats are debating their party’s future leadership after Clinton’s surprising loss to Trump on Election Day.

Trump’s victory was unforeseen as the billionaire was a political novice running against Clinton, a former secretary of State and New York senator.

There are several contenders to be the next Democratic National Committee chairman, with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) leading in support.