After claiming falsely that Republican Senators are politically intransigent because they are still in thrall to former President Donald Trump, Schumer said, “Now we’re not going to let that stop us. We’d always prefer to work with the Republicans when we can, but if with can’t, just as we just showed in the American Rescue Plan, if they’re not with us, we’re going to get it done, and the American people will be on our side.”
He continued: “We always prefer our Republicans to work with us but only to produce big, bold action. We’re not going to repeat the mistakes of 2009 and 2010, where they dragged things out for a year and a half, and then we got one good thing done but certainly not enough, and they cut that stimulus bill, the original ARA bill, by so much that the recession dragged on for years. We’re not repeating that mistake. If they will join with us, of course, we’ll sit down and talk with them and see if they have this suggestion or that. But not at sacrificing the bold, progressive change that America demands and America needs, and we’re going to get it done.”
So much for bipartisanship and healing. For Democrats, it’s our way or the highway.