New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is poising himself to become a major player in the resistance to President Donald J. Trump and his policies. While targeting the new administration may seem like good politics in NY, where Trump lost by 22 percentage points, there are risks associated with crossing the bellicose billionaire. As per Vosizneias, Schneiderman has already been the target of Mr. Trump’s intimidation techniques and twitter tactics.
In 2013, Trump called Schneiderman a “lightweight” on Twitter, when the attorney general was investigating Trump University. Trump’s followers have reportedly targeted Schneiderman with antisemetic slurs on social media, following the AG’s role in role in organizing legal opposition to Trump’s travel ban. Still, the 62-year-old Democrat says, “I have a responsibility to fight.”
Becoming attorney general in 2010 and formerly a N.Y. state senator, Schneiderman has yet to reach national acclaim. Trump’s highly unpopular policies in NY may provide him with an opportunity to be a hero. But Schneiderman insists it’s nothing personal. “No matter how rich or powerful you are, if you’re hurting people of the state of New York, we will go after you,” said Schneiderman. “I’m concerned about real harm to real people.” Beyond immigration, Schneiderman’s team of almost 700 attorneys, is preparing to challenge the president on civil rights, women’s health care, the environment, labor rules and consumer protection.
"Our proposed complaint describes how President Trump's executive order is not only unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American, but also how it does profound harm to our families, our economy, and our educational and health care institutions," Schneiderman said when announcing a lawsuit against Trump's immigration order.
By: Benyamin Davidson