Protesters occupy Sen. Schumer’s D.C. office, rip him for ties to Wall Street

The protesters held up signs that read “Wall Street Democrats failed us” while demonstrating outside of Sen. Schumer’s Capitol Hill office.

The protesters held up signs that read “Wall Street Democrats failed us” while demonstrating outside of Sen. Schumer’s Capitol Hill office.

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November 14, 2016 (nydailynews.com)

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen protesters briefly occupied Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) Capitol Hill office on Monday, attacking him for his Wall Street ties and calling for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as Democrats’ new Senate minority leader.

Protesters from the millennial activist group All Of Us 2016 held “Wall Street Democrats failed us” and “Schumer, grow a spine, Democracy is on the line” banners. They argued Schumer comes from the same corporatist wing of the Democratic Party that Hillary Clinton hails from — and that is why she lost last week. They want someone besides Schumer, who they view as too willing to compromise, to head up Democrats’ opposition to President-elect Donald Trump.

“These individuals were heard, as they have a right to be, and were welcome to remain inside our office to express their point of view and share their opinions with us,” a Schumer aide told the Daily News.

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U.S. Capitol Police arrest protesters who were staging a sit-in in the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer in the Hart Senate Office Building on Monday.

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Schumer has lain low since Election Day, pondering the path forward for his party, though he’s quietly made moves to shore up his left flank, including throwing his support behind Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a progressive who backed Sanders in the primary, to be the next head of the Democratic National Committee.

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