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

Schumer: Trump address 'demagogic, undignified, highly partisan'
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Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers push Trump to restore full funding for National Guards responding to pandemic Bipartisan senators ask congressional leadership to extend census deadline Lawmakers of color urge Democratic leadership to protect underserved communities in coronavirus talks MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday night slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district 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 SandersBiden wins Connecticut in final presidential primary of year Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenKamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick 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 CardinPPP application window closes after coronavirus talks deadlock  Congress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help Senate passes extension of application deadline for PPP small-business loans MORE (D-Md.) said in a statement.