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Chuck Schumer Found The Strength To Resist Trump From A Shirelles Song

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was despondent in the days after the presidential election, he admitted in an interview with Buzzfeed on Saturday. But he found solace and the strength to continue fighting for his beliefs from an unlikely source.

“I was totally down in the dumps for three days [after the election], as was my wife and my two daughters, particularly my daughter who had worked in the Hillary campaign,” Schumer recounted. “I taught them the old Shirelles song: Mama said there’d be days like this, there’d be days like this, mama said.”

“But on the fourth day I had an epiphany, like a message from the heavens, and it went like this: ‘Look, if Hillary had been president and you had been majority leader, the job would have been a lot more fun, a lot easier, and you’d get some good things done, which is why we’re here,’” he added. “‘With Trump as president and you as minority leader, your job is much more important. You are really the only backstop to Trump.’ That has fueled me the whole way through.”

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