Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees many similarities between Democrats and president-elect Donald Trump.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Schumer listed the various common policy points to host Chris Wallace:
Donald Trump and his campaign echoed the views of Democrats, not Republicans. Massive transportation bill, trade, getting rid of the carried interest loophole, cleaning up the swamp. And on those issues where he agrees with us and the Republican establishment and hard right doesn’t, we challenge him [to] work with us and keep your promises to blue collar America.
Schumer observed that blue collar America overwhelmingly voted for Trump for issues usually associated with Democrats.
“So this is a kumbaya moment we’re talking?” asked Wallace. Schumer disagreed, saying, “There are many key issues where we’ll oppose him tooth and nail.”
Schumer said in another interview that he and his fellow Democrats would be willing to work with Trump on the issues where they agree. He promised to fight Trump on the issues where they didn’t. He said that when the president-elect is “opposed to our values, we’re going to go after him tooth and nail.”
Schumer’s not the only Democrat getting ready to tussle with Trump.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who is in the running to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has threatened to fight much of Trump’s proposed agenda, specifically on the topic of immigration. “These folks are telling Donald Trump that if he tries to move out on his plan to have a deportation squad, to harm Americans […] we’re going to be there to stand and say no,” he said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also promised a fight. However, Sanders, who himself ran for president in the Democratic primary, said that he would seek to work with Trump on the areas where they stood on common ground.