Fox News’ Dana Perino believes there is more to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s push to rename a Senate building after John McCain than meets the eye.
Following McCain’s death Saturday from brain cancer, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats began advocating the idea of renaming the Russell Senate Office Building after the him, setting up what could become a congressional battle as the legacy of deceased Sen. Richard Russell Jr. is threatened.
Perino told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday that, even if the building gets renamed, the politics behind the move would not be honoring to the late McCain who served as Arizona’s Republican senator for over three decades.
“It wasn’t that long ago, it was actually exactly ten years ago that a lot of Democrats and their faithful allies and the press corps were slandering John McCain as a racist radical, a white ring wing buffoon. Now they want to name buildings after him,” Carlson said Tuesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“It’s sincere but also very politically clever on behalf of Senator Schumer,” Perino explained, noting the hypocritical, but politically strategic, motive against Republicans. “Democrats loved John McCain when he was going against President Bush in the 2,000 campaign, they could not stand him when he was against Obama. And they loved him again when he was the foil against President Trump.”
The host of Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing” and co-host of “The Five” acknowledged that McCain had “an impact on many lives in the Senate,” and admitted many would question the wisdom of naming a building after Russell “based on today’s standard,” referring to the New Deal Democrat who served nearly four decades in the Senate and was known for his support of racial segregation.
“Schumer has ensured that Republicans are going to be divided on this issue,” Perino continued, pointing to how the Senate Minority Leader was already asked if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supports renaming the building.
“All of these candidates on the Republican primaries are going to be asked, ‘are you for renaming this building’ and they will face two things,” Perino said.
“One, it’s a distraction. They’d rather talk about the accomplishments of the Trump Administration and the Republican Congress. Number two, it ensures that, members of the Congress and the Senators, do you think that they want to get on the record talking about this when President Trump is watching?” Perino asked. “One tweet from President Trump could make a huge difference, and you could win by 27 points in a primary.”
Perino pointed to the hypocrisy of Democrats again but reiterated her belief that Schumer is following a specific strategy with an ulterior motive to divide and conquer Republicans.
“I admire politics and I think that Senator Schumer has very few cards to play, especially on the biggest issue of this fall and that is the nomination and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He can count votes just like anyone else,” she told Carlson.
“But there’s one thing that the Democrats really know how to do and that is to inject something like this into an election cycle to try to hurt Republicans,” she added. “It’s clever!”
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