Protesters Block Schumer’s Office, Call for New Leadership
Protesters blocked Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office on Monday, protesting for new Senate leadership.
The Hill reports:
The arrested protesters were from a group of roughly 40 people urging Schumer to step aside and hand the party’s leadership to either Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) instead, Roll Call said.
“People here are either going to meet with Schumer or get arrested,” said Waleed Shahid, the leader of the group, before authorities moved in.
“Our goal is to show the Democratic Party needs new leadership and they failed to protect us,” he added of All of Us 2016 group. “We want Chuck Schumer to withdraw his name.”
Shahid said All of Us 2016 formed about a month before President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning White House win.
The group now plans on targeting “Wall Street Democrats,” he said, which it blames for the Republican’s win over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“A lot of us are willing to go to jail,” Shahid said, adding the group would target all Democratic senators “who don’t do anything they can to filibuster Trump’s legislation that promotes his hatred or his greed.”
Roll Call said the group’s protest began around 11:30 a.m. Monday and featured slogan chanting and singing.
“We are here because so many of us are terrified and scared and pissed off,” said Yong Jung Cho, a participant from Queens, N.Y.
“Donald Trump is a threat to the American people,” she added, warning Monday’s protest was a “first warning” to other Democrats.
“Democrats must refuse to negotiate with a racist fascist.”
Democrats are debating their party’s future leadership after Clinton’s surprising loss to Trump on Election Day.
Trump’s victory was unforeseen as the billionaire was a political novice running against Clinton, a former secretary of State and New York senator.
There are several contenders to be the next Democratic National Committee chairman, with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) leading in support.
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