Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has seized on the the backlash against President Trump to introduce a resolution renaming a Senate office building after the late Sen. John McCain.
“I look forward to soon re-introducing my legislation re-naming the Russell Senate Building after American hero, Senator John McCain,” Schumer announced in a tweet on Wednesday.
I look forward to soon re-introducing my legislation re-naming the Senate Russell Building after American hero, Senator John McCain.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 20, 2019
There was no immediate response from Schumer’s spokesman “to questions about a timeline for the resolution or what Republican would be co-sponsoring it,” according to The Hill.
But Donald Trump Jr. tweeted his reaction to news, referring to Schumer’s praise of McCain as “a load of crap.”
Can someone please put together a clip of all the lovely things Schmuck Schumer said about McCain in 2008? It would be great to see his steadfast support. What a load of crap. #SchmuckSchumer https://t.co/nryE41Dd89
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 20, 2019
The announcement came as Trump has been under fire from Democrats, and even some GOP members, for his candid criticisms of the late Arizona senator. The president remarked that he “was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be,” during a White House meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday.
Trump lashed out at McCain over the weekend, quoting former independent counsel Ken Starr in a tweet on the “stains” of McCain’s legacy, including his vote against the GOP ObamaCare repeal and replace bill.
Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
Schumer had introduced the idea of renaming the building shortly after McCain’s death, getting some support from colleagues like then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 26, 2018
“Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him,” Schumer had said last August.
The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain.
Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 26, 2018
But the idea did not go over too well with some who disagreed about removing the name of the late Sen. Richard Russell Jr., the most senior member of the Senate when he died in 1971. The top Democrat is also considered a controversial figure now because of his stand against civil rights legislation.
At the time Schumer first broached the idea, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked if he supported renaming the Senate office building.
“We’ll be talking about the best way to honor Sen. McCain,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters.
Schumer’s proposal on Wednesday sparked swift feedback on Twitter.
The fact a democrat is re-introducing this bill should tell the world who Warhawk McCain really was.
— Coco (@CocoTruth4Trump) March 20, 2019
They were calling him a Nazi in 2007/2008- now they love him? Lol.
— Greg (@Gregonimo) March 20, 2019
I’ll bet Schumer never cared a bit about McCain until McCain attacked Trump. What a hypocrite.
— Mary Wysong (@Powerpopfan2) March 20, 2019
I’m old enough to remember the horrible things you said about McCain in 2008.
— probably not me. (@betolarue) March 20, 2019
— ??Liberty?? (@Liberty2113) March 20, 2019
Anything to stick it to Trump. What a schmuck.
— Old School (@BbqBeerBourbon) March 20, 2019
What an insult to America. We now know John McCain intentionally and underhandedly tried to interfere with the election process and @realDonaldTrump‘s legitimate candidacy. He is no longer a hero. He betrayed our country and our constitution.
— A M (@its500pm) March 20, 2019
?Do some work for our near bankrupt NYC, & struggling state, would you? And for the love of pete, please stop trying to prop up Benedict Arnold with this bldg BS. You’re only doing it in hopes your pandering will translate to good will with Never Trumpers & other RINO creeps.
— E Depluribus Unum??? (@dac_mav) March 20, 2019
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