Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in an interview Friday morning that he believes there is "too much political correctness" in the country. 

During a wide-ranging discussion about the upcoming midterm elections, MSNBC's Steve Kornacki asked about President Trump's rejection of "PC culture" and how that resonates with many independent voters. 

"Is there too much political correctness in this country?" he asked on "Morning Joe."

"I think there is too much political correctness in this country, but I think health care is far and away the dominant issue. There is a lot of political correctness on both sides all the time. It's not the biggest issue, not even close. The biggest issue is healthcare," Schumer answered. 

Schumer said the second-most important piece of Democrats' platform in 2018 is to "drain the swamp" in Washington, referring to alleged Trump administration corruption. 

Kornacki followed up by asking Schumer why his party "pumped $3 million" into the New Jersey Senate race, noting that incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez "just had a hung jury in a federal corruption trial."


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Schumer said Menendez "has done a very good job for New Jersey" and claimed that his GOP opponent, businessman Bob Hugin, "has embraced Trump."

However, when pressed on Trump in recent Fox News interviews, Hugin has not directly endorsed the president, saying the race is about New Jersey. Trump has not been to New Jersey, where Hillary Clinton won by a wide margin, to campaign for Hugin. 

Menendez had been tried on several corruption charges relating to his relationship with a top donor. The jury in Essex County, N.J. could not reach a verdict.

In a recent poll, 80 percent of respondents said they believe political correctness is a problem, including large majorities of minority groups.


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