It wasn't hard for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to troll President Donald Trump ahead of his state of the union address Tuesday morning -- he just said it wasn't strong, and the speech would be a pack of lies.
"The state of our union is in need of drastic repair," Schumer said, listing what he said were Trump's failures to help the middle class, foreign policy debacles, "relentless sabotage" of the the healthcare system, and perpetual chaos in the president's cabinet.
"Still, knowing this president and his penchant for hyperbole, he will probably say the state of our union is stronger than it's ever been before in our nation's long history, thanks to him," Schumer said.
"Knowing this president, he will rely on distortions and made-up facts, mislead the American people, the only question about the president's state of the union, how often will he distort it, how often will he make up facts, how often will he resort to fear and divisiveness?"
"If past states of the union are prologue, far too many times," Schumer said.
Schumer, answering reports from the White House that Trump's speech would focus on uniting the country, also predicted that part of the speech would be "even more empty than his policy promises."
"It seems every year the president wakes up and discovers the desire for unity on the morning of the state of the union. Then the president spends the other 364 days of the year dividing us, and sowing a state of disunion," Schumer said, pointing to Trump's "near-daily Twitter provocations."
"The blatant hypocrisy of this president calling for unity is that he is one of the chief reasons Americans feels so divided now," Schumer said.
Trump took the bait, attacking Schumer on Twitter.
“I see Schumer is already criticizing my State of the Union speech, even though he hasn’t seen it yet," the president tweeted. "He’s just upset that he didn’t win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would. Too bad we weren’t given more credit for the Senate win by the media!"
Trump has repeatedly called the 2018 election that saw Democrats retake the House a historic win for him because Republicans picked up two seats in the Senate. Some 10 Democrats had been up for re-election in states Trump won. Three lost, and Democrats flipped on Republican-held seat.
Schumer said plenty more, which can be seen here: