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Schumer: GOP will ditch Trump by the summer

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., predicted Tuesday that many Republican lawmakers will break from President Trump by June if he continues to push forward with his agenda.

Schumer told “The View” that while most Republicans have declined to publicly break with Trump during the first month of his presidency, many privately admit they have “real problems” with him. He also argued that some are sticking by him because of party loyalty and his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the late Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court.

“When you talk to Republicans quietly — in the cloakroom or in the gym, they are having real problems with him,” Schumer said. “Now, very few — John McCain, to his credit — but very few have had the courage to oppose him even though they know he’s doing a lot of things that are against what America is all about.”

“They are party loyalists,” Schumer continued. “He’s given them a Supreme Court nominee that they want, but my prediction is that if he keeps up on this path, which is likely — I don’t think he’ll change, within three to four months, you’ll going to see a whole lot of Republicans breaking with him. And that’s the salvage of America. That’s the hope of America.”

“I think that he thinks he did it his way and he won and he’s not going to change very soon,” he said. “But I do think, and hope and pray, that a lot of the Republicans — they’re mainstream people. I don’t agree with them on the issues, but they are good people, that they will have no choice but to break with him.”

Schumer was responding to Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., claims that some Republican senators are worried about Trump’s mental health, which he declined to speak to directly.


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