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

Schumer: Trump address 'demagogic, undignified, highly partisan'
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Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report Trump administration freezes funding for study of hurricane barriers: report MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday night slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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.”

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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 SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives 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 CardinSchumer asks Justice Department to probe Grenell's consulting work Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength Senate Democrats queasy over Sanders as nominee MORE (D-Md.) said in a statement.