Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s candid thoughts on President Donald Trump got caught on a hot mic last month.
In the audio from the Senate chamber, the Democratic senator from New York spoke with an unidentified person about his dinner with Trump the previous night.
“He likes us. He likes me, anyway,” Schumer said.
By “us,” Schumer presumably meant House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who was with Schumer at the dinner.
After that dinner, the Democratic leaders said they agreed to pursue a deal to protect about 800,000 young immigrants from deportation. They said the deal would include border security measures but not the president’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Later, of course, Trump added a pile of conditions to the supposed agreement he had made with Schumer and Pelosi.
Not only had he humiliated the country’s top two Democrats, he had done it using the very techniques outlined in his 1987 book, The Art of the Deal. The idea is that you start out by insulting your counterparts then, later, you make a tiny concession. At that point, the other side falls all over themselves in gratitude.
Worked perfectly on Chuck and Nancy.
See also Stockholm Syndrome.