Chuck Schumer Predicts a Republican Revolt Against Donald Trump Could Be Months Away
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer doesn't just oppose Trump in Washington; he's trying to help galvanize resistance at home, too.
"What do you mean by 'Dump Trump'?" Sunny Hostin asked Schumer in an interview Tuesday morning on "The View."
"Well, we have to stop him," Schumer said, matter-of-factly.
"Here's what I believe," he continued. "You should always be guided by your values; that's my internal gyroscope. The higher up you go in politics and in anything else in life, the more fierce the winds blow, so if you have your own beliefs, your own values, and stick with them, you'll stay on course."
Schumer was the lone Democratic speaker at President Trump's inauguration, where he delivered perhaps the most anti-Trump speech he could get away with. Still, he's sticking by his election promise not to protest the president just for the sake of protest.
"Trump calling me names doesn't affect me. Trump trying to flatter me, which he did, doesn't affect me. If he sticks with the right values, I won't oppose things just because the name Trump is on it. But when he's against our values, American values, I'll fight him tooth and nail," Schumer said.
And the anti-Trump movement is growing, especially on Capitol Hill.
“When you talk to Republicans quietly — you know, in the cloakroom and the gym — they are having real problems with him. Now, very few — John McCain, to his credit — but very few have had the courage to oppose him, even though they know he’s doing a lot of things that are against what America is all about.”
Trump gave Republican loyalists a largely establishment cabinet and the SCOTUS pick they want. But Schumer anticipates the honeymoon won't last long.
"[If] he keeps up on this path, which is likely, within three, four months, you're gonna see a whole lot of Republicans breaking with him," Schumer predicted. "And that's the salvage of America."