Chuck Schumer has been in Congress for far too long. One good thing about them getting older though is that they lose their ability to censor themselves and what they really think begins to shine through.
Such was the case for Schumer as he was recently called out for his use of an offensive term in an interview.
The outspoken Senator was being interviewed on the OneNYCHA podcast on June 13th. Senator Schumer was discussing community housing for what he said were "[email protected]" children. In the conversation, Schumer was discussing the previously failed attempts to create communities for individuals with disabilities.
Schumer's inappropriate use of the term resulted in a good amount of criticism of the Senate Majority Leader. Many people, including family members of disabled Americans, other political leaders and the general public were offended by the inappropriate use of this outdated term. Senator Chuck Schumer made a public apology the next day.
"For decades, Sen. Schumer has been an ardent champion for enlightened policy and full funding of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities," the statement from his office reads.
"He used an inappropriate and outdated word in his description of an effort he supported that was led by the AHRC to build a group home in his Brooklyn district decades ago to provide housing and services to children with developmental disabilities. He is sincerely sorry for his use of the outdated and hurtful language."
Chuck Schumer has literally been a "public servant" in the Democrat Party for many decades. In his early days, he was an Assemblyman in New York. Schumer was even a member of Congress in 2010 when the words "mentally [email protected]" were taken out of most of the federal statutes. This was passed in the federal law known as Rosa's Law. So he definitely should have known better.
I would argue that he does know better, he's just speaking from the heart.