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Amy Schumer Slams Trump in Defense of Her Cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer

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Amy Schumer posted a defense of her cousin on Instagram following President Trump's jab on Twitter

All right, get the eye-rolling out the way now because what you're about to read is necessary if you want to stay in the political and cultural loop but your soul may die a little from reading it. Amy Schumer defended her second cousin (once removed), Senator Chuck Schumer, against President Trump's most recent Twitter barbs through a recent impassioned Instagram post. Now, if you're wondering what the president of the United States of America is doing tweeting insults about a senator, congratulations: You're on the same page as Amy Schumer.

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Schumer was clearly not up for the guff being given to her relative. She posted the damning tweet of Trump's, which characterized Senator Schumer as "Fake Tears," in reference to his recent words on the refugee crisis and the tears he shed while giving a speech about it. Amy Schumer managed to take a screenshot of the tweet before it got deleted and wrote a scathing reply to Trump while defending the actions of her cousin.

This is what he was thinking about at 621am. This was his tweet after his first soldier died. Also 8 Yemeni women and 7 children died and trump called the raid "successful" Also I know chuck Schumer and HE CANNOT act trust me. He can barely smile on cue. He can't help but be transparent and genuine. He was hurt for those people and all the people facing such unconstitutional injustice. Trump is about to bombard us with so many awful decisions. His Supreme Court pick will be terrifying and he will try and stop same sex adoption and all our other nightmares. We can't get burnt out or overwhelmed and distracted. We need to stay focused and organized. Tell your friends who say "I'm just not political" that that doesn't cut it anymore. We need people alert and fighting for each other's rights. Tell your sheltered friends to wake up and help. If you live somewhere where youve never even met a Muslim person and it feels like this doesn't really affect you. It does. A Muslim ban is so unconstitutional and cruel. They are good, hard working people and a refugee from the countries he isn't letting people in from have never committed any acts of terrorism on US soil. Never. We need to fight this now and together. Call congress. Call the senate. We need to wake up and rise up together. People need our help.

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Her reply to Trump's "Fake Tears" comment, which appears quite unpresidential in tone, doesn't mince words. Schumer takes a moment to remind us that Trump is more obsessed with her relative than he is with the state of the country, including soldiers and civilians who have already died on his watch. Schumer then goes on to state clearly that Senator Schumer "cannot act," implying that the obstacles he faces at the moment in overcoming the allegedly harsh and unfair executive orders being issued by the president are real.

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Schumer's defense is necessary in times like these when it can feel tough to wrap your head around what the heck is actually going on in Washington, D.C. There's no doubt that many of us have strong opinions and feelings about the state of the country; Schumer's Instagram post confirms that it's just as tough as we think for those politicians with our best interests in mind. As she put it, Senator Schumer "can barely smile on cue. He can't help but be transparent and genuine. He was hurt for those people and all the people facing such unconstitutional injustice."

Amy Schumer posted a defense of her cousin on Instagram following President Trump's jab on Twitter
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Perhaps one benefit of listening to celebrities in times like these is that, in the case of a handful of them (like Schumer), there is a direct line of communication to Capitol Hill. Schumer's status as a celebrity allows her the platform to speak on important issues too. In the past, she's used it to voice her support of Hillary Clinton; in the case of defending her cousin, that platform came in handy yet again.

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While it's far from comforting to hear that Senator Schumer is one of many who are mired in political turmoil right now, it's heartening to see that he has a loud and proud family member coming to his defense. We may not know what the coming weeks and months will bring, but if anything, I'm glad we've got Amy Schumer speaking up and speaking the truth when the occasion demands it.

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