Schumer: Trump address 'demagogic, undignified, highly partisan'

Schumer: Trump address 'demagogic, undignified, highly partisan'
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Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday night slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE’s annual address to Congress as “much more like a Trump rally than a speech a true leader would give.”

“It was demagogic, undignified, highly partisan and in too many places, untruthful,” Schumer said in a statement.

Schumer took aim at Trump’s claim that he would protect people with pre-existing conditions, which the Democratic leader called his “biggest lie.”


He and other Democrats held a press conference earlier in the day with 80 patients, doctors and health care advocates around the country to ask Trump to drop his administration’s support of a lawsuit to overturn the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

“The only way he can truly protect people with pre-existing conditions is to drop the lawsuit immediately," Schumer said in his response to Trump’s speech.

The administration filed a legal brief last spring requesting the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down all of the health care law, also known as ObamaCare.

Trump also accused Democrats of supporting a government takeover of health care, making reference to the “Medicare for All” legislation backed by Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Sanders tells Maher 'there will be a number of plans' to remove Trump if he loses Sirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Warren, Khanna request IG investigation into Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds MORE (D-Mass.). Many Senate Democrats don’t support Medicare for all.

“To those watching at home tonight, I want you to know: We will never let socialism destroy American healthcare!” the president said.

Other Democrats criticized the partisan and political tone of the president’s address.

“It is in my DNA to respect the office of the president. Tonight, the president tested the limits of such a perspective as he turned the State of the Union into a campaign rally, complete with cheers for his harmful immigration policies, attacks on political rivals, repeated shout-outs to conservative pet issues and made-for-TV reveals,” Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinPelosi hopeful COVID-19 relief talks resume 'soon' Congress must finish work on popular conservation bill before time runs out PPP application window closes after coronavirus talks deadlock  MORE (D-Md.) said in a statement.