While appearing on “Fox News Sunday” with Bret Baier, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) came up with a novel way to answer a question about the dangerous rhetoric Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) used during a 2020 pro-abortion rally, which I previously wrote about.
On the steps of the Supreme Court, Chuck Schumer said of Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh: "You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won't know what hit you."
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He changed the subject to former President Donald Trump and the January 6 Capitol riot.
Transcript, via Breitbart News
BAIER: All right. Last thing before we get to January 6. The law [sic] has been made this week about words, how much they matter, how much stirring the pot, giving the green light to violence in any way, shape, or form is unacceptable.
Take a listen to this.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price.
You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BAIER: On the steps of the Supreme Court, did those words qualify, Senator?
COONS: So here’s a key distinction. What Senator Schumer was saying was that he was upset. He was alarmed, he was concerned at the prospect that justices would reverse decades of a well-established fundamental constitutional right in our country. What he did not say was let’s go attack them.
The point of the January 6th hearing is to prove that that is in fact what President Trump did, that he, in the words of Congresswoman Cheney, summoned the mob, stirred up the mob and then lit the fuse that sent them storming the Capitol of the United States.
I do think there’s a distinguishable difference between what we just heard from Senator Schumer and the actions taken by former President Trump and his circle of advisors in the days before January 6th.
Coons went on to describe being “escorted out along with the vice president by Capitol police” on January 6, 2021. And it’s only in that context that he warns about the potential for “a season of political violence.”
Here’s the full quote, via The Hill:
“We are at risk of a season of political violence in this country, and all of us should reduce the temper and level of our rhetoric,” Coons said. “Be mindful of the fact that stirring up political violence is not a good or constructive thing.”