There are places honorable people don’t go. Lows to which they don’t stoop. Careless, hateful things they don’t say. Integrity and decency keep them from doing so. On Sunday in New York, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went there. Over “climate change.”
I was initially shocked when I read Schumer’s comments, but I was far from surprised, which speaks volumes about partisan hacks like Schumer and nothing about decent people, other than the disgust we feel — for people like Chuck Schumer.
During a Sunday press conference, Schumer lashed out at storm-ravaged Texas. Let’s first put it into perspective. In an update earlier today, the numbers stood at 69 dead, 44 hours of below-freezing temperatures, and $18 billion in damages. Add in no power and no water. An event that an untold number of Texans will remember for the rest of their lives.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 21, 2021
And what did Schumer have to say about it?
“The bottom line is, Texas thought it could go it alone and built a system that ignored climate change. It was not what’s called resilient, and now Texas is paying the price. I hope they learned a lesson.”
Does that have “unity” and “a time to heal” written all over it or what?
Schumer continued his comments, including patting himself on the back, but nothing mattered — in my mind, at least — after “I hope they learned a lesson.”
Sen. Schumer: “Texas thought it could go at it alone, and built a system that ignored climate change. It was not what’s called resilient. And now Texas is paying the price. I hope they learned a lesson.” pic.twitter.com/Gu2nwLCjKB
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) February 21, 2021
People like Schumer not only have a knack for piling on; but also for finding an opportunity — even if they have to make it up —for making things about themselves — Barack Obama comes to mind — and Chucky didn’t disappoint.
“When we build power, when we build anything now, we have to take into account that climate change is real, or people will have to be caught the way the people in Texas were.
“When I wrote the [Hurricane] Sandy bill, $60 billion for New York, we made sure everything was resilient. When they built back the subways, built back this, built back that, they were going to be resistant to climate changes, and we have to do that.”
Can I get an “Atta boy!” for Chucky? Anyone?
Say, Chuck; I’m wondering. Do you also hope your governor learned his lesson? Have you made any public statements about Andrew Cuomo’s lies and continuing cover-up? Or, out of deference to New Yorkers who lost loved ones — more than 15,000 loved ones, Chuck — because of Cuomo’s directive, have you kept your mouth shut? Then again, you’ve probably kept your mouth shut for entirely different reasons.
In the event that an honest reporter gets within earshot of Schumer and calls him out for his comments, he’ll do what people like him always do. Maybe he already has. “I was taken out of context.” “That wasn’t the point I was making.” “Okay, fine, now that I’ve thought about it, I didn’t do a very good job of choosing my words.”
Umm…Chuckles…here in NY we lost power for up two weeks after Tropical Storm Isais, Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene. Stop politicizing the weather. It happens. I’m sure you didn’t slam your own state then.
— Jordan Hirsch (@JDTrader64) February 21, 2021
The truth about people like Chuck Schumer is they’re never sorry. Sorry they got caught or called out, sure. But not for what they said. Or the people they hurt. Just part of the game. Politics is a rough sport. Except for people like Chuck Schumer, it’s a blood sport.
For a closer look at the storm, check out We Had a Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week in Texas, written by my RedState colleague and Texan, Jeff Charles.