Schumer stands up to Trump. McConnell? Not so much…
Late yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer took Donald Trump to the woodshed for bad-mouthing a federal judge.
“The President’s attack on Judge James Robart, a Bush appointee who passed with 99 votes, shows a disdain for an independent judiciary that doesn’t always bend to his wishes and a continued lack of respect for the Constitution, making it more important that the Supreme Court serve as an independent check on the administration,” Schumer said in a statement.
Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, had this to say this morning about Trump’s praise of Russia’s top oligarch, Vladimir Putin:
CNN host Jake Tapper pressed McConnell about Trump’s remarks during a Sunday interview.
“He is a former KGB agent, a thug, not elected in a way that most people consider a credible election,” McConnell said of Putin. “No, I don’t think there is any equivalency with the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.”
But the Senate Majority Leader refused to rebuke Trump for the remarks.
“Look, Jake, I can speak to myself and I have about my feelings for Vladimir Putin,” he told Tapper. “I’m not going to critique every utterance of the president.”