(The Hill) — Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said Thursday morning that he believed that Republicans in Congress would rather see President Obama defeated than economic improvement that would benefit the country as a whole.

“I think that is true. I think that is absolutely true. I’m sure are some on their side who would say that of people on our side, but I believe that is all too true,” Schumer said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Schumer contrasted Republican opposition to the president’s economic policies to Democrats who were against the war in Iraq during George W. Bush’s presidency.

“During the Iraq war, many of us came to be opposed to the Iraq war, but we still wanted America to win. . . You look at the analogy today you get the feeling that there are some that want the economy to actually fail to prove their point. That’s a very bad thing.”

Schumer’s comments double down on criticism he levied at Republicans during the debt ceiling debate in June.