MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reports that Senate Democrats have not yet said a word about Donald Trump’s plan to have his newborn daughter perform in the Senate.
On Tuesday, Maddow reported that Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the plan would have to wait until after the 2020 election.
“We’ll see what happens,” Schumer said on Tuesday.
But Maddow said he said he would not wait for 2020.
“If we had a baby on the floor of the Senate right now, Chuck Schumer would say, ‘Don’t you know that I want to wait for this election to come around?’
And I’d say, well, then I’ll wait for that election, but I think that’s not going to happen,” Schumer told Maddow.
He added, “If the baby is a senator, I’d be willing to go to bat for the baby.”
“But that’s a whole different ballgame,” Maddow responded.
Schumer went on to say that he would “never be a part of something like this.”
“I’m not a baby dance entertainer, Rachel.
I’m not even a baby dancing entertainer,” Schumer replied.
He also said he does not want to have a baby in the chamber during a filibuster.
“I don’t want to be in the same room as a baby,” Schumer continued.
“But if you want to, we can get together.”
Schumer later told reporters that he was unsure if the plan was going to pass the Senate but said it would “probably be passed” if he had his baby on a regular basis.
“And so, you know, I don’t think it’s going to get through the Senate this year,” Schumer added.
“It’s a little more of a marathon than a sprint.”
“It is something I’ve been talking about,” Schumer later added.
The Senate Democrats’ decision to not publicly support Trump’s proposal to have Ivanka Trump perform in his first inaugural parade comes after Trump repeatedly promised that he wanted Ivanka to perform in that year’s parade.
Trump has said that Ivanka Trump would perform in an “appropriate” way, but has yet to publicly confirm that she will perform.
Ivanka Trump’s father, Donald Trump Jr., has repeatedly criticized Schumer for being too timid about supporting Trump.
“Chuck Schumer is a coward and a liar,” he tweeted last month.
“He was so scared of Trump, he let him do it.
I think he should be ashamed of himself.”
The New York Times reported last month that Trump and his father were discussing a possible Ivanka Trump performance in the parade.
“Donald Trump Jr. told associates that he and Ivanka Trump were discussing the possibility of Ivanka Trump performing in the inaugural parade, according to people briefed on the conversation,” the Times reported.
Schumer also told reporters last month he had not discussed Ivanka Trump with Trump, but that he is “deeply concerned” about the way her father is handling his presidency.
“You know, my concern is that he’s not speaking the truth and is taking on so many people in the White House,” Schumer reportedly said.