Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor condemning former President Trump’s meeting with a notorious antisemite at Mar-a-Lago. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Last week, it was reported that Donald Trump—the former President of the United States and Republican standard-bearer—had dinner at Mar-a-Lago with a notorious bigot who fancies himself a leading thinker on the extreme edges of the hard right, embracing everything from white nationalism to antisemitism to outright Holocaust denial.
For a former President to sit and have dinner with a high-profile antisemite is disgusting and dangerous. To give an antisemite even the smallest platform—much less an audience over dinner—is pure evil.
Even assuming the former President didn’t realize Mr. Fuentes was coming to Mar-a-Lago, for him to refuse to condemn Fuentes and his bigoted words after the dinner is appalling and it is dangerous.
Now, I’m glad that some of the former President’s friends and allies—particularly those in the Jewish Community—are pushing him to do the right thing by condemning this vicious antisemite, since the former president does not seem to have the honor, the decency, the humanity to do it on his own.
I vociferously condemn the former president’s decision to meet with this antisemite, and urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same.