Chuck Schumer's Offer For $1.6 Billion In Border Wall Funding Sparks Mutiny Among Democrats

Nathan Francis

Chuck Schumer is looking ready to meet Donald Trump partway in his bid to build a wall at the Mexican border, and Democrats appear ready to oust their Senate Minority Leader.

On Tuesday, the Democratic Senator from New York told reporters that he was willing to offer a portion of the $5 billion Trump had been seeking to build the wall. As Manu Raj of CNN reported, Schumer said that he would not negotiate in public, but his statement showed a willingness to help Trump complete the controversial wall that he had originally said he would make Mexico fund.

The reaction to Schumer was swift and harsh from the left, with many attacking Schumer for seemingly cracking on a major demand from Donald Trump without any indication of what Democrats might get in return. The left-leaning Think Progress slammed the Senate Minority Leader in a story titled "WTF is Schumer doing?" The report noted that Schumer seems to lack any fighting spirit when it comes to opposing Trump, calling on Democrats to show more "civility" in politics while allowing Republicans to strip major financial regulations put in place under Obama.

"The New York Democrat, who has made a series of pointless deals allowing confirmations of dozens of Trump judicial nominees, said on Tuesday that he's willing to offer Trump $1.6 billion for border security," the report said, noting that Schumer later clarified that the money was for border security funding.

Others called for Schumer to be run out of his leadership position. Ashley Feinberg of the Huffington Post imagined incoming House member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez running against Schumer in a Senate primary.

Schumer's staff has also pushed back against reports that it would strictly fund a wall, saying it was for other security measures including fencing.