Report: Schumer Berates Trump-Supporting Socialite at Exclusive NYC Eatery
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) allegedly yelled at a wealthy supporter of President Donald Trump at an exclusive Manhattan restaurant, the New York Post reported.
Schumer was reportedly dining with friends at Sette Mezzo on the Upper East Side when Joseph Califano Jr., a top member of the Johnson and Carter administrations, approached the senator's table to greet him.
A diner told the Post that Califano, 85, thanked Schumer for his work on health care, but added that his wife Hilary voted for Trump, which apparently angered Schumer.
As they left the restaurant, Schumer, 66, began yelling at Hilary Califano, the daughter of CBS founder William Paley, questioning why she could support "a liar."
"She voted for Trump! How could you vote for Trump? He's a liar," Schumer called, a witness told the Post.
Hilary Califano later corroborated the reports, telling the paper that "Schumer was really rude."
"He's our senator and I don't really like him. Yes, I voted for Trump," she said.
Califano said she would have responded by saying that Hillary Clinton was a "liar" too, but was "shocked" by Schumer's alleged conduct.
A spokesman for the Brooklyn-native senator denied the incident, saying Schumer and his wife "engaged in unremarkable conversation" with other diners and was not part of any "heated exchanges."