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Chuck Schumer Vows to Hold Trump Accountable: America Can’t Afford a ‘Twitter Presidency’

As the 115th Congress came together on Tuesday, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) went after Donald Trump by promising to resist the president-elect if he ever backs down on his promise to make America great again.

The new Senate Minority Leader used his opening speech to not only remind the floor of Trump’s controversial statements, but also of his repeated promise to change the political system to America’s benefit. Schumer specifically voiced his concern that Trump’s transition moves have not shown a great deal of promise for his campaign mantras about draining the swamp and fixing the “rigged” system of the establishment.

“If there’s one part of my speech that I hope you listen to and take to heart, it’s this one, and I mean it with the best of intentions. If you abandon change and simply embrace the shopworn, hard-right, pro-corporate pro-elite policies opposed to the many campaign themes that helped you win working class votes and get you elected, your presidency will not succeed. We Democrats will hold you accountable to the working people of America.”

Shortly afterwards, Schumer went after Trump’s Twitter habits, and how the mogul uses social media talk about everything from Russian hacking to job creation. While Schumer noted the benefits of Twitter, he warned that whatever Trump thinks, the president cannot address America’s biggest issues properly just by tweeting about them.

“Making America great again requires more than 140 characters per issue. With all due respect, America cannot afford a Twitter presidency. We have real challenges, and we have real needs to get things done, and many Americans are afraid, Mr. president-elect, that instead of rolling up your sleeves and forging serious policies, for you, Twitter suffices.”

Schumer went on to blast Trump for praising Vladimir Putin instead of considering the intelligence reports suggesting that Russian hackers meddled with the general election. Schumer concluded that the Democratic mission in the new Congress would be to work with Trump wherever possible, but hold him and Congress accountable while fighting for American values.

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