Schumer knocks Trump speech: ‘It’s sort of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’

Schumer knocks Trump speech: ‘It’s sort of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown DACA highlights pitfalls of legalization schemes The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote MORE (D-N.Y.) early Wednesday ripped President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE’s State of the Union address, suggesting his calls for bipartisanship paled in comparison to his more hard-line policy stances.

“There’s very little nice to say about it. It’s sort of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the excitement and the enthusiasm was all in the Mr. Hyde parts,” Schumer said on CNN's "New Day."


“You can’t talk about comity and working together and give a speech that is so divisive, that just doesn’t fly," he added. 

"So in the areas where he tried to reach out, drug prices, transportation, infrastructure, there was no meat, there was no enthusiasm. All the enthusiasm was for the divisive parts like immigration, abortion, things like that. So it was not a good speech.” 

Trump Tuesday night hopscotched between calling for bipartisanship and national unity and doubling down on hot-button issues including immigration and abortion. 

“I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans,” Trump opened, adding later that “countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens.” 

Schumer on CNN also praised Stacey Abrams, who nearly won Georgia’s gubernatorial race in November and is considered a top Senate prospect in 2020, saying her rebuttal showed “real leadership.” 

“I think Stacey Abrams showed the president what real leadership was last night. She was thoughtful, she was caring, she talked about her family and the American dream is fading out of reach for too many American families, and the president was political, divisive, calculating, even nasty at times,” he said.

“It’s got to be real, it can’t just be words, and so much of his stuff is just hypocritical.”

Schumer and Trump had feuded much of the day on Tuesday before the address, with Schumer taking to the Senate floor to knock the administration, saying it's mired in “chaos.” 

“I see Schumer is already criticizing my State of the Union speech, even though he hasn’t seen it yet. He’s just upset that he didn’t win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would. Too bad we weren’t given more credit for the Senate win by the media!” Trump tweeted in response.