The Donald tweeted that “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fought hard against the Bad Iran Deal, even going at it with President Obama, & then Voted AGAINST it! Now he says I should not have terminated the deal – but he doesn’t really believe that!”
Trump also suggested that Schumer had flip-flopped on the Comey firing as well, saying that Schumer “Thought he [Comey] was terrible until I fired him!”
Senator Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fought hard against the Bad Iran Deal, even going at it with President Obama, & then Voted AGAINST it! Now he says I should not have terminated the deal – but he doesn’t really believe that! Same with Comey. Thought he was terrible until I fired him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
Aside from the Comey thing, Trump is right that Schumer flipped on the Iran Deal. In 2015 he issued a lengthy statement congratulating Obummer and John “Swiftboat Traitor” Kerry for their so called “work” on the Iran agreement, but also providing a list of reasons why he couldn’t support it.
Schumer ultimately said that he couldn’t support his pals on the Iran Deal because he believed that “Iran will not change, and under this agreement it will be able to achieve its dual goals of eliminating sanctions while ultimately retaining its nuclear and non-nuclear power.”
Schumer’s surprisingly astute statement continued: “Better to keep U.S. sanctions in place, strengthen them, enforce secondary sanctions on other nations, and pursue the hard-trodden path of diplomacy once more, difficult as it may be.”
That statement was right on the money, and very surprising coming from a hard-bitten Dem like Up-Chuck Schumer.
But of course, like a true swamp-creature, Schumer has turned his back on his words from three years ago. On Wednesday he said that Iran hasn’t violated the agreement and that Trump’s move to pull out could damage our international rep.
It’s worth mentioning that the jury is still out on whether Iran has violated the deal or not. Deal critics like Trump say they have. Deal supporters, like most Democrats, say they haven’t. A decent case could be made for either side of the argument.
Personally I think a deal is a deal, and the minor infractions that deal critics are pointing to should count as real violations. We removed a ton of sanctions from the Iranians. They ought to be toeing the line and making a strenuous effort to play by the rules they agreed to. So far it seems like they’re doing most of what they’re supposed to do, but not all of it.
Obama lovers and Kerry supporters may say “But they’re making an effort! The Iranians have never been dishonest before! They love us now! Give them the benefit of the doubt!” This is a steaming load of horse-shit. The Iranians are not trustworthy, they never have been, and they hate us and everything we stand for.
Iran has been doing shady under-the-table state-sponsored terrorism for decades. They have gotten very good at keeping their illicit acts in the shadows. We should be watching them like hawks; any little sign that they may be cheating on the terms of the deal should be fully investigated.
And yet, Schumer’s Wednesday critique of Trump blamed his actions for making it harder to “go after Hezbollah” (as if pulling economic sanctions from Iran hadn’t already massively empowered their military proxies) and said that pulling out of the Iran Deal would make it “harder to come to a North Korea deal”.
Trump responded with the tweet reproduced above, basically calling Schumer a flip-flopping hypocrite. Which, he absolutely is. Schumer, hilariously, responded by using Melania Trump’s new anti-bullying hashtag: he tweeted “#BeBest” in response to the President’s tweet. (Even I gotta admit that’s pretty funny. Trite, stupid, devoid of any actual meaning, but still. Pretty funny.)
But whether Up-Chuck Schumer feels bullied or not, the truth is plain. He fought against the Iran Deal and admitted it had terrible flaws even before it was put in place. Now he’s jumping on the bash-Trump bandwagon, using the Iran Deal he personally dislikes as a political tool to criticize the President.
This is dishonest, and hypocritical, and foolish, and absolutely par for the course for ol’ Cryin’-and-Lyin’ Chuck. We can only hope that people will see his duplicity and two-facedness for what it is and vote him out when they next get the chance.