In a podcast about the New York City Housing Authority that was shared Sunday, Schumer recalled his days as a state representative when he experienced community resistance to housing for people with disabilities.
“When I first was an assemblyman, they wanted to build a congregate living place for retarded children. The whole neighborhood was against it,” Schumer said. “These are harmless kids. They just needed some help.”
Schumer drew criticism for his remark, and his office issued an apology.
“For decades, Sen. Schumer has been an ardent champion for enlightened policy and full funding of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Schumer’s spokesperson said in a statement, per the Wrap. “He is sincerely sorry for his use of the outdated and hurtful language.”
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