The honorable gentleman from Arkansas, Sen. Tom Cotton is one of but a handful serving in the US Congress who have served in uniform. And the milquetoast from New York, Sen. Chuckles Schumer has just found out how patently stupid it is to piss off a war vet.
As noted by Stephen F. Hayes of The Weekly Standard, Schumer took it upon himself to pop-off to the former-Army Captain, much to his eventual chagrin.
As reported (in part); (Emphasis mine)
According to six sources familiar with the negotiations over Pompeo’s confirmation, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told Republican leaders that he would allow Pompeo to be confirmed by voice vote on Inauguration Day, along with two other Trump nominees who have national security responsibilities. But Schumer broke his promise, these sources say, and offered an insulting excuse for having done so.
The story begins in early January, before the Senate held a single confirmation hearing for any of Trump’s nominees. Senate Republicans scheduled six confirmation hearings for January 11, a Wednesday. The schedule complicated the plans of Senate Democrats, who had hoped to mount challenges to several Trump nominees – or at least create news by attacking them. Too many hearings would spread thin the coverage of made-for-media battles. So Democrats formally objected.
The Senate reconvened after the inaugural ceremonies on Friday, with Pompeo’s nomination set to come up at 4:50pm. Cotton angrily confronted Schumer about his broken promise. According to witnesses, Schumer told Cotton to lower his voice and asked him move off of the Senate floor to an adjacent hallway for a private discussion. “We need to take this out into the hallway,” Schumer said. Cotton walked with Schumer but loudly rejected his first request. “Don’t tell me to lower my voice!” he shouted, with an additional salty admonition tacked on for emphasis. Burr and Cornyn were present, as was Senator Mark Warner, ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and several aides.
Schumer told Cotton that the Senate had never previously confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day and if Cotton had been around eight years earlier, he’d know that Republicans didn’t extend that courtesy for incoming president Barack Obama. “Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan,” Cotton snapped. “So don’t talk to me about where I was 8 years ago.”
For his part, Cotton walked away from a very lucrative law practice in 2005 to join the US Army as an enlisted man. Eventually commissioned a 2d Lt, the Senator served as an infantry officer in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
It’s a much different story for Schumer. As noted by The New York Times, after completing his undergraduate degree, he continued to Harvard Law School, earning his Juris Doctor with honors, in 1974. Schumer passed the New York state bar, in early 1975. However, he never practiced law, choosing instead a career in politics.
By the way, Sen. Schumer is the 2d cousin to the more famous and somewhat skankier alleged comedienne Amy Schumer.