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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) publicly edited an op-ed penned by President Donald Trump in USA Today about Democrats plans for “Medicare for all” claiming it was “false and misleading.”
Schumer made his edits in red and posted it on Twitter.
The op-ed by Trump, published on Wednesday, slams Democrats for proposing a “government-run, single-payer health care system” and calls the party “radical socialists who want to model America’s economy after Venezuela.”
“Republicans believe that a Medicare program that was created for seniors and paid for by seniors their entire lives should always be protected and preserved,” the president wrote. “I am committed to resolutely defending Medicare and Social Security from the radical socialist plans of the Democrats. For the sake of our country, our prosperity, our seniors and all Americans — this is a fight we must win.”
Schumer took offense to the claims and decided to push back on Twitter.
“I took a look at your op-ed, @realDonaldTrump. It needs some work. All of the false and misleading words in the world can’t cover up how your administration and Republicans in Congress are forcing millions of Americans to pay more for health care,” the Senate minority leader wrote.
I took a look at your op-ed, @realDonaldTrump. It needs some work.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 10, 2018
All of the false and misleading words in the world can’t cover up how your administration and Republicans in Congress are forcing millions of Americans to pay more for health care. pic.twitter.com/SjFjonVBef
The marks, in red, cover most of the op-ed, with Schumer writing that things were “not true” and “no” above much of Trump’s writing.
Other people just joked about the whole ordeal.
PolitiFact found a number of the president’s claims to be suspect, with one expert calling Trump’s assertion that the “Medicare for all” plan would “take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives” a “horrible mischaracterization of the proposal.”
Many people online were not fond of the fact that Trump was able to publish the op-ed, while others praised Schumer’s edits.
Share it far, share it wide. https://t.co/F1tzdoeDU7— BL Clark (@brianleeclark) October 10, 2018
@USATODAY Will you be having fact checkers going over this? Will you be printing the truth behind every lie? Why in the hell would you print something that is so blatantly untrue? This is fake news https://t.co/D97Mn13PPe— Space Farce Cadet Jackie (@jsiskoski) October 10, 2018
Wow!!!! My eighth grade English Comp papers didn't have that amount of red ink on them. https://t.co/b2n0x7Z6Sn— D. C. Nickels (@dnick47) October 10, 2018
Appealing to the youths by, um, line editing? https://t.co/4nMrcYgEPW— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) October 10, 2018
Should have been corrected in blue because it’s coming. https://t.co/TT0gguVDVt— Alexis Fernandes (@AlexFTweets) October 10, 2018
This redline is more or less impossible to read. Why is he so bad at messaging? https://t.co/fdJTOlnRcI— Tacob Jaber (@jacobtaber) October 10, 2018
to trump: you get an F! https://t.co/HFtgw4BAdM— girl friday (@gravietron) October 10, 2018
It’s perhaps the fiercest Schumer’s fought back against Trump all year.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).