Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer has completely changed his stance on reopening schools this Fall and now agrees with President Trump that keeping them closed would further devastate the economy.
As BizPac Review reports, Trump’s YouTube account drew attention to the shift with a new video captioned: “Chuck Schumer agrees with President Trump that we should open schools!”
“If we don’t open up the schools, you’re going to hurt the economy significantly because lots of people can’t go to work,” Schumer can be seen saying at a news conference on Friday.
During a segment on “Hannity,” guest host Jason Chaffetz asked his panel to consider why Schumer so suddenly flipped his position.
“So what happened? Why the sudden 180?” Chaffetz asked. “Donald Trump’s been talking about this for months.” Democrats have opposed him the entire time, calling for schools to remain closed.
Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy suggested Democrats saw that they were losing support on the issue.
“What he said actually was ‘Uh-oh, we did some internal polling and we found out that closing schools and tanking our economy is really not working well for the voters,’” she said of Democrats, as BizPac Review reports.
“They don’t like it. This was supposed to, you know hurt Donald Trump but now it’s hurting us. This is what this is all about,” she continued. “The only science the Democrats care about, frankly is the science of polling. This was political calculation and they are playing games with our economy, with our livelihoods, and frankly with our children’s childhoods.”
The sudden U-turn from Cuomo and Schumer on school openings suggests the months-long Democrat position of banning children from going to school was a political disaster for them. https://t.co/GOPDyrcua3
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 7, 2020
Fox News regular Allie Beth Stuckey argued that Dems were in a lose-lose situation between providing jobs for everyday Americans or showing support for teacher unions.
Democrats were “stuck between a rock and a hard place,” she said, noting the unions have been “trying their darndest to make sure that teachers don’t actually have to do their jobs in the fall.”
BizPac Review adds:
A recent Hill-HarrisX poll showed that more than 80 percent of voters want schools to reopen, using either a combination of online and in-person learning, or just fully online.
Schumer has spent weeks calling on Washington to ensure the next coronavirus stimulus package includes billions in federal funding to the nation’s education system in order to ready schools to safely reopen. This week, he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been in protracted negotiations with the White House and Republican leaders to agree on a fifth coronavirus spending bill.
Democrats including Schumer have openly criticized Republicans over the stalled talks, accusing them of being unwilling to bail out Americans with more money as they themselves continue to stoke fears about reopening businesses and schools in the wake of COVID-19.