The ‘Resistance’ Is Futile

Schumer isn't the problem.

The sense of betrayal among the self-styled liberal “Resistance” to Donald Trump is palpable. New York Times opinion columnist Michelle Goldberg called it “infuriating” to “see the Senate Democratic leadership” give up the ill-conceived three-day government shutdown and “sell the Dreamers out.” “They blinked,” said outgoing Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, “because they’ll always put the party and the success of the party first.” “Today’s cave by Senate Democrats—led by weak-kneed, right-of-center Democrats—is why people don’t believe the Democratic Party stands for anything,” lamented Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. That word, “cave,” is the same expression Donald Trump’s reelection campaign used to describe how congressional Democrats climbed down from the high-stakes gambit they let get out of hand.

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The ‘Resistance’ Is Futile

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