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Tom Tancredo: Talk of Bipartisanship From Dems 'Wasted Words'

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Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 04:17 PM

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's negative comments about President-elect Donald Trump prove that promises by Democrat lawmakers to be bipartisan as the new administration takes office are phony, former Rep. Tom Tancredo tells Newsmax TV.

"That certainly sets the stage for what we really, I think all of us, believe to be the case and has been ever since Trump was elected: Any talk from the Democrats, especially Schumer, about bipartisanship is simply wasted words," Tancredo, a Colorado Republican, said Wednesday to Steve Malzberg on "America Talks Live."

"You know they don't mean it. You know that they are going to do every single thing they can because of course they are still stuck, honest to God, in a way of thinking about what has happened in this country in the electoral process that they don't understand. It really boils down to that."

"They think that they will win points by being obstructionists because of course that's what they think their base wants, but I think they're wrong. I think that it's a stupid move especially before [Trump has] even taken office to throw down the gauntlet and say we're not going to do anything you want."

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In his first speech as Senate minority leader, Schumer told Trump on Tuesday that "with all due respect, America cannot afford a Twitter presidency. We have real challenges and we need to get real things done."

Schumer also said: "Many Americans are afraid, Mr. President-elect, that instead of rolling up your sleeves and forging serious policies . . . for you, Twitter suffices.

"There's nothing wrong with using Twitter to speak to the American people. It's a good use of modern media. But these issues are complex and demand both careful consideration and action. We cannot tweet them away."

Tancredo, a GOP candidate for president in 2008, said he expects turbulence when it comes to the appointment a Supreme Court judge to replace the long vacant seat of the late Antonin Scalia.

"Unfortunately, you have several Republican senators who have already indicated publically that they would not support a nuclear option for the Supreme Court nominees. Those are John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Lamar Alexander," he said.

Under the "nuclear option" the Senate can override a rule or precedent by a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of a supermajority of 60 votes, allowing lawmakers to end a filibuster.

"If we have three Republicans that balk here, I don't know if you can get the job done, I really don't. They have already said they don't want to do it. So I hope they do it. I pray to God they use the nuclear option," Tancredo said.

"I couldn't care less about the tradition of the Senate in that regard because what we're talking about here is the next couple of generations of Americans and how they will be affected by that nomination."

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's negative comments about President-elect Donald Trump prove that promises by Democrat lawmakers to be bipartisan as the new administration takes office are phony, former Rep. Tom Tancredo tells Newsmax TV.
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