Schumer bemoans number of Republicans who believe Trump will be reinstated: 'A glaring warning'

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said that the number of Republicans who believe former President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE will be reinstated as commander in chief later this year represents a “glaring warning” on continued widespread acceptance of Trump’s unsupported claim of a stolen 2020 election. 

In remarks from the Senate floor, Schumer referenced a recent Politico-Morning Consult poll that found that 29 percent of Republicans believe that Trump will be placed back in the Oval Office later this year. 

The poll came after New York Times reporter Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanBiden vs. Trump is a compelling contrast for Democrats Schumer bemoans number of Republicans who believe Trump will be reinstated: 'A glaring warning' 3 in 10 Republicans believe Trump will be reinstated as president: poll MORE said last week that Trump has been pressuring conservative media to legitimize his theory of a “rigged” election and has been telling people in his inner circle that he believes he will be reinstated by August of this year. 

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While 61 percent of GOP survey respondents dismissed the conspiracy theory, Schumer said the nearly 3 in 10 Republicans who supported Trump’s claim “is a depressing fact of our times that there is an audience out there who will literally believe anything the former president says, no matter how unrealistic or untrue.” 

“They believe him when he just abjectly lies,” Schumer said, adding, “It is a glaring warning that the big lie has created fertile ground for all sorts of insane conspiracy.” 

“Of course, the idea of 'reinstatement' comes from disgraced former President Trump himself and is nothing more than the deluded ramblings of a defeated politician,” the Democratic leader said before noting, however, that the blame “does not rest only with the former president.” 

Schumer slammed his Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill, arguing “Washington Republicans and the political right” have “not done enough to stand up to the big lie.” 

“After making a few brave noises in the wake of Jan. 6, Republican leadership here in Washington now seem to have traded political courage and truth for appeasement,” he said. 

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“The Republican Minority Leader in the House called Donald Trump ‘morally responsible’ for the attack on Jan. 6,” Schumer added, referring to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDemocrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' MORE (R-Calif.).

“He empowered his deputies to take part in painstaking negotiations to establish an independent commission to study those events  and then promptly voted against it,” Schumer argued. “He convened his entire conference to deliver a pink slip to the one member of his leadership team who dared to repeat the truth that President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE is the president.”

Schumer asserted Thursday that the “Republican Party is now wrapped around the axle of the big lie,” adding that a “big reason” for this is because “Republican leaders are unwilling to move on from Trumpism.”

“The truth is: The big lie has consequences,” the Senate leader added. “It erodes our trust in elections, faith in our democracy, and it’s gnawing away at the very right to vote in America.”

Haberman said last week that Trump has been “laser focused” on the Arizona election audit fueled by GOP claims of fraud in Maricopa County. 

Election experts and Democrats, including Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, have called the recount a solely partisan effort based on unsupported voting fraud allegations.