Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters about the possibility of a partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Congress and President Donald Trump continue to bicker over his demand that lawmakers fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
During a protest over abortion outside the Supreme Court today, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer threatened Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Chuck Schumer : "I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you Kavanaugh. You have released a whirlwind and you will pay the price" pic.twitter.com/VPUcGhQyyW
— Mike (@FuctupMike) March 4, 2020
First, his spokesperson tried to justify the comments, trying to argue that President Donald Trump had attacked Justices Sonya Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump criticized them for their biased remarks, he did not in any way threaten them as Schumer did Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.
When that didn’t go over well, the spokesperson shifted the statement slight to say that it wasn’t directed at the Justices but at the Senate, which was a lie, since he called out Gorsuch and Kavanaugh by name.
NEW stmt from Schumer spox: "For Justice Roberts to follow the right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation of what Sen Schumer said, while remaining silent when Pres Trump attacked Justices Sotomayor & Ginsberg last week, shows Justice Roberts does not just call balls and strikes.” pic.twitter.com/9908ZAeNkz
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) March 4, 2020
Chief Justice John Roberts called out the comments saying they put the court in danger.
BREAKING from Chief Justice Roberts: pic.twitter.com/qO5PuHgLjr
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) March 4, 2020
Let’s start with it’s wrong in any way to threaten a Supreme Court Justice, but especially because he’s trying to influence their vote and threaten them over it. They have lifetime tenure exactly to be above political considerations and that’s why all norms call for protecting them from such threats.
That is all norms before Democrats started scrapping norms.
People from both sides of the aisle are weighing in with many Democrats trying to justify Schumer’s remarks.
Remember this vile Democrat who bore false witness against Kavanaugh?
As the architect of an 80-case barrage of partisan, 5-4 decisions for big Republican donor interests, Chief Justice Roberts has zero credibility playing umpire in any political squabble.https://t.co/1Z5dOl9fjn
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) March 4, 2020
This is how Democrats are characterizing the Chief Justice of SCOTUS defending the Court from violent threats. Democrats do NOT represent a return to any bygone norms, they’re just a threat to the norms we still have. https://t.co/ybQkFQ5Rqb
— Stars and Stripes (@StarznStrypz) March 5, 2020
Here’s Hillary Clinton’s former aide, Brian Fallon, cheering on threats to the Justices who don’t bend to their intimidation.
The conservatives on the Court are politicians in robes, and Democrats are done pretending otherwise. Good for Schumer for telling it like it is.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) March 4, 2020
Chuck Schumer has a way of accidentally unmasking the left’s nefarious behavior
2017: “You mess with the Intel Community, they have 6 ways from Sunday to get back at you”
Today: Says Gorsuch & Kavanaugh “will pay the price” & “won’t know what hit them”pic.twitter.com/MellytNNp5
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) March 5, 2020
If anyone hasn’t seen it, here’s the video. If Trump had said this about 2 left wing justices… The media would be going insane for weeks, there’d be protests and Democrats would be calling for resignations. https://t.co/zwNnpWPJ0u
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) March 5, 2020
Schumer’s threats against Gorsuch and Kavanaugh not even playing well among lefty legal scholars. https://t.co/K7zVUpjdwd
— Brit Hume (@brithume) March 5, 2020
2. Schumer should be sanctioned by the Bar, admonished by the Senate, investigated by the Senate ethics committee, and even reviewed by the DOJ. No individual, let alone the Senate Democrat leader, who is also a lawyer, should escape accountability for his loathsome conduct.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) March 5, 2020
Less than one month after this feigned outrage, Senator Schumer *threatens* that Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch will “pay the price” if they rule to protect unborn children.@SenSchumer, do you even know right from wrong anymore?
The only ones “paying the price” are the unborn. https://t.co/zWu9mW7RQs
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) March 5, 2020
I agree with Chief Justice Roberts.
These statements by Senator Schumer are outrageous. https://t.co/kG8zCJGYCU
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) March 4, 2020
Will Schumer send intelligence community to spy on Supreme Court justices? https://t.co/0WOOmxiCZ9
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 5, 2020
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is calling for a censure of Schumer.
I would call on Schumer to apologize, but we all know he has no shame. So tomorrow I will introduce a motion to censure Schumer for his pathetic attempt at intimidation of #SupremeCourt
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 5, 2020
The president came to the defense of the Supreme Court Justices.
This is a direct & dangerous threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer. If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action MUST be taken NOW! https://t.co/WqQUbyzaJU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2020
There can be few things worse in a civilized, law abiding nation, than a United States Senator openly, and for all to see and hear, threatening the Supreme Court or its Justices. This is what Chuck Schumer just did. He must pay a severe price for this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2020
This really is something that should be censured and he should get punished for it. Hopefully, the Senate which is in the hands of the GOP, will actually hold him to account.