Chuck Schumer is always hunting around for ways to score cheap political points against President Trump.
So he pounced on the one-two punch of the Parkland shooting and Mueller indictment.
But it immediately blew up in his face.
Schumer tried to claim that because Trump’s budget didn’t call for gun control in the immediate aftermath of the Florida shooting that he was somehow shirking his duty as President.
The New York Post reports:
“It would be “appalling’’ if President Trump follows through on proposed cuts to the gun-background-check system in light of last week’s deadly school shooting, US Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.
“Despite the increasing number of shootings, despite the increasing deaths, it is utterly amazing that we are standing here saying, ‘Please make sure our [gun] background system of checks works,’ ’’ Schumer said.
Trump’s 2019 budget proposal, released Monday, two days before the Florida bloodshed, would yank $12 million from federal programs that help state and local governments maintain records on who is eligible for gun purchases.
Schumer called the program “one of the only firewalls” keeping guns out of lunatics’ hands.”
Likewise, he used the political theater of the Mueller indictment of 13 Russian nationals to smear Republicans as not caring about national security.
On guns and on Russian collusion investigation, the silence of my Republican Senate colleagues is deafening.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 18, 2018
In the case of the tragic shooting in Florida, it was law enforcement that failed.
The gunmen had been reported to the FBI twice.
And they dropped the ball.
More money for background checks would not have prevented anything.
As for Mueller’s indictment, it explicitly said there was no collusion involved in the charges that were brought.
There was no evidence any American knowingly participated in any of the alleged schemes.
Schumer got it wrong on both counts.