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'Southern Boy' Charlie Daniels gives Schumer a good whuppin'

WASHINGTON – To hear country-rock relic Charlie Daniels tell it, it's as if the devil went down to the Senate floor – in the form of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.

"There's something sinister about seeing you bent over the lectern in the Senate Chamber, your countenance resembling what I would imagine Edgar Allen Poe's would look like reciting one of his macabre tales of doom and gloom, as if there is not one drop of happiness in your life, forecasting a dismal future for America if anything President Trump proposes passes both houses and becomes law," Daniels wrote on his website in an "Open Letter to Charles Schumer."

Daniels – who sang "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "The South's Gonna Do It" and other hits of the CB radio era – long has been known for his southern-fried conservatism, which has often left him accused of racism, given that he defends the Confederate flag and tweeted last year that some college students should take a year off to "pick cotton."

Here in the Internet age, the bearded 80-year old Country Music Hall of Famer has given himself his own Soap Box – that's what he calls his blog – and that's where he picked an unlikely fight last week with New York's senior senator and the most powerful Democrat in Washington.

"Instead of looking inward at the real cause for your party's loss you had to find a scapegoat and if it hadn't have been Russia it would have been something else," wrote Daniels, who, according to his biography, has no experience in investigating or prosecuting foreign espionage.

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