Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are demanding that TV networks provide their party the same amount of airtime President Trump will get on Tuesday for his prime-time address on the government shutdown, arguing they should get the chance to fact-check his speech “full of malice and misinformation.”
“Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said in a joint statement on Monday night.
All major networks confirmed on Tuesday that they will air Trump’s Oval Office address.
CBS said in a statement that the White House informed the network it will last no longer than eight minutes.
Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 8, 2019
The Democratic leaders slammed Trump in their statement on Monday night, saying he has the “power to stop hurting the country” by “ending the Trump Shutdown.”
“Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans in Congress have repeatedly urged the President and Leader McConnell to end the Trump Shutdown and re-open the government while Congress debates the President’s expensive and ineffective wall,” they added.
“On Day One of the new Congress, the House passed bipartisan legislation that honors our responsibility to protect the American people with funding for smart, effective border security solutions — just not the President’s wasteful and ineffective wall,” Schumer and Pelosi added in their statement.