Schumer calls Trump 'a moron' over coronavirus response

Schumer calls Trump 'a moron' over coronavirus response
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms Trump supporters could hand Senate control to Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said the federal government is failing to react appropriately to surging coronavirus cases around the country because President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE is “a moron.”

“More people are in hospitals, more people are dying. This third wave in the cold weather with the combination of the flu, and we're sitting on our hands and that's because Donald Trump is such a — pardon my saying, I know you have a very nice show — such a moron,” Schumer told SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show.”

Schumer argued that the federal government needs to tackle many pressing needs, such as hospitals getting overwhelmed with new patients, and nurses and other workers needing protective equipment. 


The comment was one of the most explicit shots Schumer has taken at Trump’s intelligence and a reflection of how bitter the political atmosphere has become in Washington. 

Schumer has made it increasingly clear that he does not respect Trump’s intelligence.

The Democratic leader compared Trump to “an idiot” after the president’s first debate with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE.

"Last night President Trump delivered one of the most disgraceful performances at a presidential debate that anyone has ever seen. ... Shakespeare summed up in 'Macbeth,' Trump's performance last night — a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," Schumer said the next day on the Senate floor.

In April, Schumer called Trump “a quack medical salesman” after the president wondered out loud at a coronavirus briefing if people could ingest or inject a disinfectant to quickly knock out the virus.


Last month, Schumer slammed Trump’s views on the global climate as idiotic.

“President Trump suggested idiotically that the planet will start getting cooler, just you watch. Sound familiar? This is like COVID’s a hoax and will go away when the weather gets warmer. This man has no knowledge about anything and yet he just spouts,” Schumer said at a press conference. 

He also tacitly jabbed Trump for ignoring science after he tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month.

“When you ignore the science, you don’t wear a mask, and you don’t follow social distancing guidelines, it puts you and everyone around you at risk," he said after wishing Trump and First Lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpBiden warns Americans against traveling for Christmas McEnany hits Democratic leaders for not following their own COVID-19 restrictions Capitol physician advises lawmakers against attending dinners, receptions during COVID-19 spike MORE a “speedy recovery.”

In February, Schumer slammed the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus as one of “towering and dangerous incompetence.”   

Trump for his part has also maligned Schumer in personal terms, often deriding the Democratic leader as “Cryin’ Chuck.” He contends Schumer pretended to cry when he denounced the administration’s travel ban in 2017.