Sen. Chuck Schumer Says Donald Trump's Victory Is 'Not a Mandate'

ABC News' Martha Raddatz goes one-on-one with the newly elected Senate minority leader.
4:24 | 11/20/16

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We have a few problems the Democrats are already pushing back on our illegal immigration act because they say. Finding eleven million illegal immigrants going to be and possibly probably and then they say it's going to be even harder to report. So maybe that's up to. Don't do you know stretch scrapped. Last spring but you know maybe people just talk about later. Saturday Night Live poking some fun at Donald Trump and provoking a new tweet from trump this morning. I watched parts of Saturday Night Live last night it is a totally one sided bias show nothing funny at all equal time for us. Trump may not like it but they raise a ballot question will he follow through on those campaign promises. Or will we tried an independent course and work with congressional Democrats I put that question to the Senate Minority Leader. Democrat Chuck Schumer when we sat down this week we started our conversation about the democrats' huge loss on election night. Once you lose an election like that. You look at straight and they are you don't flinch you don't blink and you try to examine what you did wrong we did not have a strong. Bold. Economic message. We sort of nibbled around the edges and not just a message but a platform. That's what we need and that's what I need to do as leader. We're gonna have a very very strong and bold. Economic platform and message what's the message. We shouldn't just do a little thing about college that we should make college affordable. For everybody. And make sure that everyone gets out of college debt free. We have to we shouldn't just say will change the trade laws a little bit we need dramatic change in the trade laws. We should close all of these loopholes carried interest and other things now many of these issues actually Donald Trump. Supported in the campaign we're gonna challenge him to work with us on those issues. And not work go against them and break his promise to the blue collar people because the Republican leadership or the Republican establishment doesn't like them. To Republicans now have both chambers of congress the president C the majority of state passes and the majority of god I don't think that isn't and they look. As you know Democrats got a majority of the popular vote Hillary did. I'm so it's not a mandate. And when he's opposed to our values. We're gonna go after him tooth and nail for instance. We're not gonna let him repeal Dodd-Frank. Or the even the rules we put in place to limit Wall Street they're gonna regret the day they try to repeal the ACA. So when we oppose trump. On values are at his cape presidency takes a dark divisive turn. We're going to do it tooth and nail. Trump wrote this. Populist way if with anger against the leaps and big banks. Yes I know you take pride in your middle class neighborhood but some look at new. As representing Wall Street you've raised a lot of money from Wall Street over the years. That you really the right leader at this time. I believe I am in the day after. Harry Reid said he wasn't running Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders supported me. So voted to more conservative members of our caucus and I think they believe that I would I am going to focus like a laser. On the middle class and those trying to get there. I want to know what your relationship is with mr. trump I'm sure you know him here I do your post New Yorkers he gave. More than 8000 dollars to dirty campaign yes look I know him we were in meetings together but I don't know him very well. I know more about him from his presidential campaign which I found disappointing in a whole lot of ways. My hope is with Donald Trump is what President Obama said. That the presidency is a sobering I think those with president Obama's words experienced and he will rise to the occasion. But if he doesn't. You know he's gonna find the Democrats holding his feet to the fire. Schumer says they'll hold a state of the fire but Donald Trump is already reaching out to him. Tweeting just this morning I have always had a good relationship with Chuck Schumer he is far smarter than Harry Reid and has the ability to get things done. Good news.

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