Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Friday slammed President Donald Trump for what he called an "appalling" lack of leadership in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and claimed that countries in Europe and Asia have fared better because of the people who are in charge there.
"It's not that there's a mystery here," the New York Democrat said Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "It's that they have some leadership. They had leadership on testing. They had leadership on social distancing. They had leadership on contact tracing, and there's none of that here."
And, he added, the "American people are catching on that not only is this president sort of an infantile narcissist, but he's incompetent and it hurts everybody."
Meanwhile, the Senate is out until July 20, while extended unemployment benefits are about to run out. Schumer accused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans of being too "afraid" of Trump to do anything, but what McConnell said was that they needed to "assess the situation."
"The worst health crisis we've had since the '20s, the worst economic crisis we've had since the Depression and they're busy twiddling their thumbs assessing the situation," he said, adding that state and local governments don't have money to keep paying their workers.
Schumer also on Friday accused Republicans of trying to stymie the vote through their continued opposition to mail-in voting, while Democrats in the Senate include provisions in the next coronavirus relief bill to help with the vote.
"In Alabama, to send in a mail ballot now, you need a notary to sign your absentee ballot," he said. "Why do you think that's done? To stop poor people and people of color voting. They're not going to pay for a notary. It's almost like a poll tax. We get rid of these things in our bill, and we hope our Republican friends won't oppose it."
In addition, there is a multi-million dollar grant for the U.S. Postal Service, which authorities say will keep the beleaguered service open and make sure they deliver the mail-in ballots, said Schumer.
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