Schumer: ‘Not American’ to call for harassment of political opponents
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday said calls for opponents of the Trump administration to publicly harass Cabinet members are “not American,” arguing Democrats should focus their energy on winning elections. 

“I strongly disagree with those who advocate harassing folks if they don't agree with you. ... No one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That's not right. That's not American,” Schumer said from the Senate floor. 

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Schumer added that he understands the “frustrations” some members of his party feel when Trump “complains about bullying [and] harassment” even though the president uses it “as a regular tool almost every day.”

“But the president’s tactics and behavior should never be emulated. It should be repudiated by organized, well-informed and passionate advocacy. As Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to Simone Biles: 'We are proud of you and we are rooting for you' Obama setting up big bash to celebrate his 60th Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE, a person who represents the same kind of fineness that we’ve always had in America ... said, ‘When they go low, we go high,’” Schumer said. 

Schumer’s remarks follow similar comments from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who called for unity in a tweet on Monday that gently criticized the suggestion from Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Pelosi calls on CDC to extend eviction moratorium unilaterally MORE (D-Calif.) that people confront Trump administration officials in public. 

Waters, speaking at a Los Angeles rally over the weekend, said Trump administration officials would not be able to go to public places like a restaurant or gas station without being confronted. 

“The people are going to turn on them, they're going to protest, they're going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president, ‘No, I can’t hang with you, this is wrong, this is unconscionable and we can’t keep doing this to children,’” Waters said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia on Friday over her role in the White House.