‘This is the day to live in infamy?’: Sen. Schumer compared the DC riot to Pearl Harbor
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) compared the protest on Capitol Hill Wednesday to Pearl Harbor. He stated that these were not protesters, but rioters and insurrectionists. Schumer flatly stated that Jan. 6, is the day American citizens attacked their own Capitol and that it “will live forever in infamy.”
That was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s message that he brought to the floor of a damaged Capitol chamber Wednesday night in a speech where he blamed the day’s rioting on President Trump.
His full quote read: “Franklin Roosevelt set a day aside that will live in infamy. Unfortunately, we can now add January 6, 2021, to that very short list of dates in American history that will live forever in infamy.”
“This will be a stain on our country not so easily washed away: the final, terrible, indelible legacy of the 45th president of the United States – undoubtedly, our worst,” Schumer said.
“This mob was in good part President Trump’s doing, incited by his words, his lies, his violence. His responsibility. His everlasting shame,” Schumer intoned.
Schumer’s words enraged many on social media.
He can’t hold a candle to Americans that lived through Pearl Harbor. What an insult.
— 🇺🇸 My Oath Never Expires 🇺🇸 (@Gunalizer) January 7, 2021
The absolute balls..after they all were SILENT while cities burned this summer. This is the day to live in infamy?
— Sir Reginald (@emperorstailer) January 7, 2021
Two broken windows and one dead protestor is the same as 2500 people dead. Great logic, there.
— RNS 🇺🇸 (@RNS_USA) January 7, 2021
Earlier in the day, Schumer had proclaimed himself to be the new majority leader of the Senate after both Senate seats in Georgia were won by Democrats. Schumer was ecstatic.
“It feels like a brand new day,” he smilingly said. “For the first time in six years, Democrats will operate a majority in the United States Senate – and that will be very good for the American people.”
But later on Wednesday, a Stop the Steal protest descended on the National Mall with thousands protesting voter fraud. It ended in violence and tragedy. Within hours, they would break down the barricades and storm the building. One woman would be shot and killed by police.
“Those who perform these reprehensible acts cannot be called protesters,” Schumer said in his impassioned evening speech. “No. These were rioters and insurrectionists, goons and thugs, domestic terrorists. They do not represent America.”
Again, this was not the language when Antifa and Black Lives Matter engaged in violence.
“They were a few thousand violent extremists who tried to take over the Capitol building and attack our democracy. They must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, hopefully by this administration, if not, certainly by the next. They should be provided no leniency.”
A number of Democrats are calling for President Trump to be impeached over the protest. They are also calling for any politicians who wanted the election investigated to be unseated.
Schumer lauded the Capitol Police for evacuating lawmakers. Both parties agreed to quickly return to the Capitol as a show of American democracy’s strength.
Schumer had exceptionally harsh words he leveled at President Trump.
“Today’s events certainly would not have happened without him,” Schumer said. “Now Jan. 6 will go down as one of the darkest days in recent American history: A final warning to our nation about the consequences of a demagogic president, the people who enabled him, the captive media that parrots his lies and the people who followed him as he attempts to push America to the brink of ruin.”
California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff also invoked FDR’s words for the occasion.
“Every realist knows that the democratic way of life is at this moment being directly assailed in every part of the world—assailed either by arms or by secret spreading of poisonous propaganda by those who seek to destroy unity and promote discord in nations that are still at peace,” Roosevelt intoned on Jan. 6, 1941, in a line Schiff lifted for this violent occasion.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy compared the violence to protests against racial injustice over the summer after the killing of George Floyd by police.
McCarthy said, “Mobs don’t rule America. Laws rule America. It was true when our cities were burning this summer and it is true now.”
McCarthy also said Wednesday was the “saddest day” he’s ever had in Congress.
He stated: “It is clear this Congress will not be the same after today.”