By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) New York working-class Democrat voters have another reason, as if they needed one, to vote against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and for a pro-growth Republican in 2022: He’s anti-job and anti-labor.
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Granted, Schumer — like most Democrats — talk a good game when it comes to voicing support for legislation and trade deals that improve conditions, wages, and opportunities for American workers.
And to fair, Schumer used to be one of those Democrats. But not anymore, apparently, because he’s got a far-Left lunatic breathing down his neck who legitimately hates American workers, labor, economic progress, and opportunities: Bronx Commie Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Schumer voted against most of his party when he voted against approving the USMCA this past week, one of fellow New Yorker and President Donald Trump’s signature accomplishments and campaign promises.
And why? Well, because, the climate you see.
The revised U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the trade deal which the Senate passed Thursday, drew the support of more than 80 percent of Democrats in Congress, handing President Donald Trump a signal bipartisan accomplishment.
Yet perhaps the most surprising vote came in opposition: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who spurned a deal negotiated by his governing partner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Schumer had kept his position a secret until the roll call was taken, stunning people who had been closely following the trade debate and who immediately began wondering about the political motivations that might have prompted the senator from New York to vote no. The fast-emerging consensus: Schumer is trying to ward off a 2022 primary challenge from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman Bronx Democrat who could find herself without a district if New York loses congressional seats in the next round of reapportionment.
“That’s all I thought it was about,” a veteran trade lobbyist told me, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering the powerful minority leader. “He sees AOC over his shoulder at all times, apparently.”
Schumer has long been a trade skeptic; he voted against the original North American Free Trade Agreement as a member of the House in 1993 and opposed former President Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2015. Yet the 200-word statement he released Thursday explaining his vote against USMCA cited just one area of complaint: the climate.
“Despite the fact that it includes very good labor provisions, I am voting against USMCA because it does not address climate change, the greatest threat facing the planet,” Schumer said. “When it comes to climate change, the agreement still contains many of the same flaws of the original NAFTA, which I voted against.”
Justice Democrats, the group that helped power Ocasio-Cortez to her upset victory over Representative Joe Crowley in 2018 and is now pushing other primary challenges to Democratic incumbents across the country, was quick to declare victory.
Whatever. The fact is, Schumer decided that serving in the Senate for the sake of serving is better than supporting a trade deal that will provide more opportunities for his working-class constituents because he’s afraid of losing to a Marxist radical — a woman who is responsible for killing 25,000 jobs that Amazon was trying to bring to her district and others.
Blue-collar Democrats who continue to support the Garbage Party are voting against their own interests. It doesn’t get any plainer than this political cowardice demonstrated by the minority leader.
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