Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reportedly confronted a couple at a Manhattan restaurant on Sunday because the couple’s wife voted for President Donald Trump.
According to the New York Post, while dining with his wife at the Sette Mezzo restaurant on the Upper East Side, Schumer got into a heated argument with Hilary Califano, wife of Joe Califano, who served as secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare — known today as the Department of Health and Human Services — under former President Jimmy Carter.
Witnesses say Schumer was angry because Hilary allegedly voted for Trump and even made a “scene” in the restaurant about it, forcing the Califanos to leave. But once the Califanos departed, the witness said, Schumer followed them outside where he continued to berate Hilary for her vote while insisting that the president is a “liar."
Hilary Califano corroborated the witness’ version of events.
"Sen. Schumer was really rude,” she told the Post. "He’s our senator, and I don’t really like him. Yes, I voted for Trump. Schumer joined us outside and he told me Trump was a liar."
"I should have told him that Hillary Clinton was a liar, but I was so surprised I didn’t say anything,” she explained.
However, Schumer’s office has denied any allegations that the senator engaged in a confrontation at the restaurant.
"There were no heated exchanges with anyone,” a Schumer spokesperson told the Post. "[He] and his wife ate at the café on Sunday, engaging in unremarkable conversation with patrons who approached their table."
Schumer has made it clear in the first two months of the Trump administration that he plans to stand in opposition to nearly everything Trump does. Schumer has been outspoken about nearly every policy implemented by Trump, including his controversial travel ban and last week's push to repeal Obamacare.
Schumer has also said that he will vote against Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and urged other Democrats to follow his lead in filibustering Gorsuch. However, that plan doesn't appear it will be successful as some in his caucus like Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) have already indicated they're going to vote for cloture on Gorsuch's nomination.