Protesters bring literal spines to Chuck Schumer’s house

He’s got a bone to pick: Activist Tim Lunceford protested Sen. Chuck Schumer’s voting in favor of several Trump nominees outside the lawmaker’s Prospect Park West apartment.
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You’ve got to give him props!

Protesters continue to besiege the streets outside Sen. Chuck Schumer’s posh Park Slope pad almost nightly, as they jeer the senate minority leader for approving President Trump’s cabinet nominees and urge him to reject those still under consideration — and now the rabble-rousers are bringing pun-y accessories to keep things fresh.

On Saturday, they waved replica backbones and chanted, “get a spine, Chuck!” On Tuesday, they brought barbells and boxing gloves to encourage him to be tough — and the malcontents say they’ll keep coming back to make sure their message is heard.

“Officials need to hear from their constituents that if they’re not up for the job we’ll kick them out of office,” said Hae-lin Choi, a member of Resist Trump New York, which organized Tuesday’s rally titled “What the f----, Chuck?!”

Even Schumer’s neighbors have been getting in on the action, the activists say.

“His apartment is right there at the heart of Park Slope — it’s Slope-ier than the Slope — and a lot of people join in as they go by,” said spine-waving protestor Tim Murphy.

The rallies outside Schumer’s Prospect Park West apartment began even before Trump’s inauguration, but activists have grown increasingly agitated while the most powerful Democrat in Congress has approved several of Trump’s picks, including retired Marine Corp. General James Mattis as secretary of defense, and former Defense Intelligence Agency honcho Michael Flynn as national security adviser.

Schumer recently announced that he will oppose 15 upcoming nominees, including billionaire private-school advocate Betsy DeVos for education secretary, former Exxon Mobile chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, leaving the activists to believe their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, according to Choi.

“We’re very excited by the announcement he made saying he’ll vote no, so we think our message is getting to him,” Choi said.

Schumer claims he is not fazed by the regular visitors and even commented on the “What the f---, Chuck?!” Facebook page last week, praising the demonstrators who antagonized him on Tuesday.

“Appreciate hearing from everyone on this and on so many of the issues we will face in the weeks, months, and years ahead,” Schumer wrote in a post that received 1,435 likes, 213 love hearts, and 62 frowny faces.

The protests haven’t been confined to the pol’s residence — Schumer spoke at a massive Manhattan rally opposing Trump’s immigration ban on Sunday, but was met with a rousing chant of “reject the nominees!”

Meanwhile, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has rejected all but one nominee — former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for United Nations ambassador — received one of the loudest cheers of the day.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
This is what politics have degenerated to in the US. Narrow minded polemics. These protesters are the flip side of the Tea Party. They don't want governance, they want ideological purity and stasis.

Want to know why we have a President Trump? People like them are a primary cause.
Jan. 31, 2017, 6:54 am
Friend of Fred says:
This is what absurdity looks like.
Jan. 31, 2017, 7:59 am
Jim from Park Slope says:
These people are just as bad as Trump supporters.
Jan. 31, 2017, 9:51 am
Mike from Kensington says:
Never fails to amaze me..the conservative trolls who come out all gung-ho for our new dictator in chief. Get used to it you spineless amerikkkans. We prefer to rise up against racist, fascist, xenophobic, cheating, liars who are mentally unstable and who wanna turn this country into Russiamerikka!! I bet you're all a real fun bunch to hang out with!! Enjoy your alternative facts you suckas!! We'll expose you and emperor trump for what you are at every bald faced lie! #notmypresident #nevertrump
Jan. 31, 2017, 10:56 am
schaz from Greenpoint says:
On the one hand we must guard against people trying to divide and conquer progressives. We've got to stay as united as possible. But on the the hand, dear ole Chick Schumer as the voice of reason in the age of Trump sounds more like the voice of treason to me. We tried to seek compromise under Obama for 8 long years and where did it get us?- obstruction and bad bargains at best and betrayal of our ideals at worst. If Democrats don't stand up to Trump and block him at eevry turn, they will be trampled underfoot and left in the dust. And deservedly so. This is no time for compromise. This is the time for battle.
You don't compromise with extremism, hate and bigotry - you fight it tooth and nail. Let Trump and the Republicans entirely own whatever damage they will do. We will not be part of it. We will not be willing participants in this debacle. Resistance, obstruction and fierce defiance are the only sane alternatives in the age of Trump. NO to trump all the way!I
Jan. 31, 2017, 11:16 am
Meade from Canarsie says:
All chuck wanted was a deal with Trump to keep his stooge Preet in power. He got that deal.
Jan. 31, 2017, 12:57 pm
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
@Mike, your outlook assures more of the same dysfunctional politics. You have far more in common with Tea Party and rabid Trump supporters than you will admit. Just a different ideological emphasis.
Jan. 31, 2017, 2:14 pm
Pepe's Dad from Bensonhurst says:
Get over it guys .Trump is our president and he will be for eight years to suck it up the liberal time is over get over it Trump is our President. GOD BLESS AMERICA. GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF ALL THE HOMELESS AND PEOPLE IN POVERTY THEN WE CAN WORRY ABOUT ALL THESE FREELOADERS IMMIGRANTS THAT COME TO AMERICA. AND MY PARENTS ARE IMMIGRANTS BUT THERE WAS NOTHING FOR FREE !!! Too many handouts now !
Jan. 31, 2017, 3:30 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Somebody call the waaaambulance....
Jan. 31, 2017, 3:57 pm
Friend of Fred says:
Uh, Mike, I don't see any espousal of conservative ideas in the three comments that precede your observations. Fred and Jim's comments could hardly be described as spineless. And you certainly cannot construe how much fun we are to socialize with based on our opinions about the efficacy of the demonstration described in the article. Fred is right again in his response to you.
Jan. 31, 2017, 5:46 pm
Claude from Casablanca says:
Chuck Schumer cut a deal??

I am shocked !! Shocked !!!
Jan. 31, 2017, 6:07 pm
Fran from Park Slope says:
Trump got 9% of the vote in Park Slope. Who are all these screwballs posting pro Trump comments?
Jan. 31, 2017, 6:10 pm
Dan from Dagwood says:
CRIMINALY INSANE New York attitude towards The American President, Shows me that they bucktooth idiots, American States Voters Finally Overuled Monkey Town!
Feb. 1, 2017, 12:35 am
Dan from Wake Up Call says:
Chuck Schumer does whats good for Chuck Schumer. Always has always will.
Feb. 1, 2017, 12:45 am
Jake from Greenpoint says:
Israelis are banned from every Muslim country, chuck tell that to every Muslim who complains of being banned to America
Feb. 1, 2017, 9:16 am
Shawn from Puzzled says:
Ok so they protest Trump because they don't agree with his Republican views, they Protest Schumer for his Democratic views in an area that Trump only got 9% of the vote in. Do they even know what they want or what they are even upset about? So Schumer voted across party lines, every politician does it sooner or later because it's the only way to get anything done. Obama did it, Bush Jr. did it, Clinton did it, everyone. Democrats have an agenda too, but if they say no to everything across the board, then they will get it in return, nothing will ever get done, good or bad.

He has also been one of the strongest opponents of the Trump Presidency, at least one of the most vocal. Then they go to his house, and insult the crap out of him, because they don't want him to do anything except say no, even though they trusted him to make a fair and honest decision, on a case by case basis, according to their values. Most people would go the opposite direction when confronted with that type of situation. Ok your not going to trust me to do my job, and then you invade my personal privacy? FU fire me when my time is up, until then i'm going to go against everything you are complaining about, and so far he hasn't. Protesting everything, and everybody, can have the opposite affect of what you want. Get a hold of your ideas, prioritize, come up with solutions to problems, instead of just saying "No! I don't wanna" all the time and stomping around like a two year old. Be productive, and find solutions to problems, that is what makes the difference between protesting and whining...not the colorful signs and clever remarks.
Feb. 1, 2017, 10:42 am
TOM MURPHY from Sunset Park says:
Trump got 9% of the vote in Park Slope! So much.

He only got 9% in my ED in Sunset Park.

He won an ED near the waterfront. Only two votes; both for Trump. Rigged I'm sure. No where else. I'm still looking for those two.
Feb. 1, 2017, 12:30 pm
Gary from Fort Greene says:
No point in voting for a Republican anywhere in Brooklyn (other than, I suppose, somewhere near the waterfront). Nine percent may describe the proportion of votes he got, but not the number of supporters he has.
Feb. 1, 2017, 4:27 pm
Qasooma from Astoria says:
Chuck move to Israeli land
Feb. 1, 2017, 9:58 pm
Martinez from Stunned says:
In 2008 the freedom-averse candidate won. We were told he won sp shut up and get behind him. So we did give him a chance.

Unfortunately, his policies have not worked out so well, so now it's time for a different direction. The American people have selected Trump.

But now, instead of giving him a chance, some people want to obstruct and sabotage before he even gets his team in place. If you disrespect our Constitution and the will of the people as manifested in the election then the talk about Democrats and democracy is empty and meaningless.

I'm stunned that anyone is protesting against Evil Chuck Schumer in light of the fact that he already is perceived by many as a sour grapes obstructionist who is placing party politics ahead of the good of the country. If "Evil Chuck" goes any further than he already has he risks losing what credibility he has left, and with it the ability to get anything done in the Senate.
Feb. 5, 2017, 11:07 pm
Voting from From the Grave says:
It looks like they brought a reliable Democrat voter with them to the protest.
Feb. 6, 2017, 4:15 am

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