Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” discussing his speech being booed during the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he was talking about being inclusive so “the fact that saying these things which are usually accepted by just about every American met the displeasure of the crowd doesn’t speak too kindly of that crowd.”
Schumer said, “Well, I couldn’t hear much. I was told about it afterwards, but it was amazing. That speech given with any other president, with any other audience would have been cheered. It’s not controversial language to say we’re all Americans. It’s not controversial language to reach out to others who might not be exactly like you, and so the fact that people didn’t like it speaks poorly of them, not of what I said in the speech. They even, when I said we should have rule of law I heard booed.”
“When I talked about Sullivan Ballou a great Civil War patriot who gave his life to his country and said there are some things greater than ourselves there were cat calls. Wow. What kind — what kind of situation is that? And, you know, I have to say something. The president-elect ought to lead,” he continued. “When his followers do things like that, he ought to speak positively about being inclusive and being American. The speech should have been aimed at bringing people together as Ronald Reagan’s speech was, as Franklin Roosevelt speech was, Democrat and Republican, so this is a — the fact that saying these things which are usually accepted by just about every American met the displeasure of the crowd doesn’t speak too kindly of that crowd.
He added, ‘I should say just the people who booed. I’m sure it wasn’t most of them.”
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