President Trump was leaving D.C. for Florida today when a reporter mentioned Julian Assange and the news that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s daughter works at Facebook. The reporter then asked another question and got an earful from Trump:
“Schumer’s daughter works for Facebook, which I just found out today. And if you look at what Facebook’s been doing, they have some real explaining to do. How they are so Democrat oriented…all of them.”
President Trump has been threatening the social media giant with regulations after noticeable bias against conservatives. The news of cronyism with a leading Democrat is not good news for Facebook.
REPORTER: "Should Julian Assange be able to go free?
TRUMP: "Well, Schumer's daughter works for Facebook, I just found out today. If you look at what Facebook has been doing, they have explaining to do.. .I hear Schumer's daughter works for Facebook, nobody knew that until now." pic.twitter.com/aQ54VhnHWI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 20, 2018
The news that just keeps getting worse for the social media giant is that Senator Chuck Schumer’s daughter has a high-paying position with Facebook and that Facebook has donated big bucks to the Chuck Schumer campaign.
According to the New York Post:
Facebook employees, including some at the top of its corporate pyramid, have helped fill Schumer’s campaign coffers – and he’s returned the favor by carrying water for the social media giant in Congress, according to a recent report.
And Alison Schumer, the senator’s youngest of two daughters, works as a Facebook product marketing manager – which pays an average of $160,000, according to Glassdoor.com.
“It sure looks hinky,” political strategist Susan Del Percio told The Post. “This is an industry that’s been trying for years to fend off heavy government regulation by actively cultivating relationships with senators and House members.”
Last week, it emerged that Schumer has been a strong advocate of Facebook on Capitol Hill:
When Senate Intel was probing Facebook’s relationship with CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA, Senator Chuck Schumer told Senator MarkWarner to back off.
NYT says Chuck Schumer directly interceded on Facebook's behalf to get Mark Warner to soften his critiques of the company.
— Zack Stanton (@zackstanton) November 14, 2018