[1/30/17] (Update: President Donald Trump on Monday suggested that Sen. Chuck Schumer was crying “fake tears” at Schumer’s news conference on Sunday. “I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with fake tears,” Trump said at the White House. “I’m going to ask him who is his acting coach.”)
Flanked by newly arrived refugees — whom he called “newly arrived Americans” — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told a news conference on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from Muslim-majority countries is “bad for America, bad for our national security” and goes against “what America has always been about.”
Schumer wept halfway through the news conference, after explaining that “this fight’s in my bones.”
“I was named after my Uncle Ellis, who was named after Ellis Island,” he said. Schumer said he gave his daughter the middle name Emma, after Emma Lazarus, the poet who wrote the famous lines on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free,” Schumer quoted, before choking up, unable to continue reading the poem.