Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer is not exactly the type to talk about a dating app that is popular among young adults, so when he tweets about one people notice.
That’s what happened on Wednesday afternoon when Schumer openly asked his followers on social media if they had a Tinder, a dating application which, according to their website, is the “world’s most popular app for meeting new people.”
“Do you have Tinder?” Schumer asked in a tweet, undoubtedly causing people to wonder what he was going to say next.
“I don’t, but if you do you’ll see their new banner encouraging users to write to their Senator to vote to save #NetNeutrality!” Schumer added.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 9, 2018
People quickly responded to the weird tweet saying such things as, “hahahaha wait what…” and “Tinder? He’s clueless.”
Another person replied, “Senator: You should check out the website before you tweet about it and endorse it. You may want to delete this tweet after doing so.”
Gotta resort to tinder now, huh? 🤣😂
— neaux bodie (@jodierappkeeton) May 9, 2018
What a joke you are Schumer pushing TINDER? REALLY? You lack class but we knew that. 🤡
— Christopher Lee 🎛📸 (@Spicoli1981) May 9, 2018
Tinder? Really? Now there’s a strong recommendation. LOL#clueless
— Ray Savage (@RaySavagePhoto) May 9, 2018
What about Adult Friend Finder?
— Jeff G (@powercatjeffy71) May 9, 2018
OMG U r resorting to one of the sleaziest dating websites to boost your lame argument to keep overbearing gvt interference & regulations alive?REALLY?TINDER?How sleazy anti woman can u get? Duh! @marcmolinaro @CheleFarley @realDonaldTrump @SenateMajLdr @SenateGOP @Education4Libs
— Rose (@Rose43194994) May 9, 2018
This makes it sound like you have Tinder and are trying to skirt around it
— Anita SarCHEESian (@ASarCHEESian) May 9, 2018
Are you seriously pimping tinder? 🤔🤔😆😆😜😝😝😂🤣😂
— Educated American (@UADMBASS) May 9, 2018
This is great.
— Julian Sepúlveda (@JSepulvedaNY) May 9, 2018
Schumer’s Tinder tweet is a part of a larger Democrat campaign to raise awareness for an ongoing effort to force a vote on Net Neutrality.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 9, 2018
Schumer’s Democrat colleagues are similarly campaigning for the vote:
With 50 Senators supporting the bill to save #NetNeutrality, we’re just 1 vote away from protecting a free & open internet in the Senate. On May 9th we’re taking a big step to bring our bill for a vote. Watch & share this video w @SenMarkey & @SenTinaSmith & help #SaveTheInternet pic.twitter.com/HeNQgAby0h
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 7, 2018
A vote is coming. Spread the word.#OneMoreVote
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) May 8, 2018
On Wednesday, May 9th, we officially file the petition to force a vote. If you don’t see your Senators on this list, they need to know how you feel about #NetNeutrality TODAY. My resolution will *fully* restore #NetNeutrality & we only need #OneMoreVote to pass it in the Senate. pic.twitter.com/743YFCPkqU
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) May 7, 2018
Today, we are officially filing the petition that will allow us to force a vote on #NetNeutrality. I was proud to sign it – and I’ll keep fighting to make sure Ohioans have access to a free and open internet. -SB pic.twitter.com/xwkCUK0SE6
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) May 9, 2018
As Politico reports, Democrats could more easily force a vote in the Senate because of the slim 50 to 49 majority currently held by Republicans:
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
[John] McCain’s prolonged absence also means Republicans have essentially been down a Senate seat since December, giving McConnell a majority of 50-49. Republicans have bared down on confirming nominees given their divisions on the party’s legislative agenda, but each vote requires more unity than ever from a fractured GOP. Each senator has more leverage to hold out and get concessions from party leaders in return for their consequential vote.
“It’s made it harder for us to get things done,” said Cornyn, the GOP’s chief vote counter.
Later this week, Democrats will be able pass a measure overturning the Trump administration’s rollback of net neutrality. Only a simple majority is needed under the Senate procedures being deployed, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is poised to vote with every Democrat despite complaints from Republicans about passing the measure in McCain’s absence.
If McCain were in Washington, he would likely vote to block the Democrats’ maneuver.