Appearing on “Morning Joe” Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, says that protests are part of New York City and he is proud of the young people taking part in demonstrations.
“Donald Trump wants us to believe that every protester is a danger when, in fact, our country is a nation of protests.” Schumer declared “The patriots were protesters and created our country because of it. So, I think that I’m proud of New York, and I’m proud of the protests.”
WashingtonExaminer reports Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was “proud” of the protest in New York City, though he believes the violence witnessed at some of the riots should be condemned.
New York City has been under a curfew for several days as protests against police brutality and racial injustice devolved into riots that have led to looting, arson, vandalism, and attacks on police officers. During a Thursday interview on Morning Joe, Schumer said the focus should not be on the violent minority.
“Well, I think things are improving over the last day or two in New York. I’m going to defer to the mayor and governor as to how to use the resources, the many resources at their command. I’m not sitting right at their side and know that. But I will tell you this, the overwhelming majority of protesters in New York, tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, are peaceful protesters,” he said.
“As you said, Joe, this is a great tradition of New York. Often, New York is the conscience of the nation. We lead the country to realize our faults and to try and change them. And I think that I am proud that so many young people are out there. We’ve said over and over again, the greatest worry we have about the young people is that they’re apathetic. Now, they’re not apathetic,” he added.
The protests have been taking place throughout the United States following the death of George Floyd, who died after being arrested in Minneapolis by an officer who kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Some of the protests have become violent riots. Schumer, a New York Democrat, said that the violence must be condemned but noted that an “overwhelming majority” of the protests are peaceful.
“The overwhelming majority [are] peaceful. You know, the violence has to be condemned, and it has to be punished. But Donald Trump is the person who wants us to think the protesters are all violent. And that’s why he has to fire rubber bullets at families in Lafayette Park,” Schumer said while referencing Trump’s recent decision to clear protesters for a photo-op at a historic church near the White House.
“Donald Trump wants us to believe that every protester is a danger when, in fact, our country is a nation of protests. The patriots were protesters and created our country because of it. So, I think that I’m proud of New York, and I’m proud of the protests. And I think it’s part of the tradition of New York. The violence is bad, reprehensible, should be condemned, but it is not the overwhelming picture in New York,” he said.