Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., listens to a question about Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., as he speaks to the media after a Republican policy luncheon, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is catching a lot of justifiable backlash for his threats against Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Schumer literally threatened them right outside the Supreme Court during a pro-abortion rally.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price!” Schumer threatened. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
His team tried to spin that Schumer was really attacking Senate Republicans despite Schumer clearly talking about the justices, even pointing at the Supreme Court as he says. “you wouldn’t know what hit you.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was having none of that, saying that there was “nothing to call this except a threat” and there was “no question as to who it was directed,” the justices.
Contrary to what the Democratic Leader has tried to claim, he very clearly was not addressing Republican lawmakers. The minority leader of the United States Senate threatened two associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Period. pic.twitter.com/DZJb5qW7yO
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 5, 2020
With all the backlash and even calls for his censure on the Senate floor, Schumer had to respond.
From Fox News:
After McConnell’s remarks, Schumer took to the floor and began by claiming that McConnell made a “glaring omission” by not mentioning that Schumer was speaking regarding a Supreme Court case that could impact women’s ability to get an abortion. He then admitted that he chose the wrong words to convey his message.
“Now I should not have used the words I used,” Schumer said. “They didn’t come out the way I intended to.”
Schumer insisted he in no way meant to threaten Gorsuch or Kavanaugh, and that McConnell knows this. He claimed he was referring to the political consequences the case could have.
“I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language,” he said.
It actually makes it worse that he was threatening them over their decisions, literally intimidating them for their votes. Astonishing that he doesn’t understand that.
McConnell said Schumer was trying to “gaslight the entire country” by claiming he was not addressing the justices.
“But if he cannot even admit to saying what he said, we certainly cannot know what he meant,” McConnell said. “At the very best his comments were astonishingly reckless and extremely irresponsible.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 5, 2020
McConnell noted how Schumer tried to justify his comments, first, falsely claiming they were against Republican senators, “as though that would be much better,” and then, after being criticized by Chief Justice Roberts who called the threats dangerous, Schumer then attacked Roberts was biased for daring to defend the Court.
McConnell pointed out how this attack from Schumer was “not some isolated incident,” but part of a pattern of Democratic attacks on norms in general, when they didn’t get what they wanted, that even as they accused President Donald Trump of “violating norms,” it was they who were in fact doing it.
From Daily Caller:
“We talk about attacks on the office of the presidency,” he said. “On the electoral college, on the First Amendment, on the Senate itself. But most striking of all have been the shameless efforts to bully our nation’s independent judiciary, and yesterday those efforts took a dangerous and disturbing turn.” [….]
“The left-wing campaign against the federal judiciary did not begin yesterday, not yesterday,” he said, reminding his colleagues that during the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Warren and others attacked Chief Justice Roberts for “staying neutral instead of delivering the outcomes that they wanted.”
“These same groups came to Senator Schumer’s defense yesterday with attacks against the Chief Justice for condemning the threats against his colleagues,” McConnell added. “And last summer, a number of Senate Democrats sent a brief to the Supreme Court threatening to inflict institutional change on the Court if it did not rule the way the Democrats wanted.”
“In other words, give us the ruling we want, or we’ll change the numbers of the court,” McConnell explained.
McConnel is right to call him out on the Senate floor. But this nonsense is only going to stop when you formally hold people to account.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is going to have a censure motion.
Censure Schumer because he still is spinning and doesn’t really regret what he said. Make it stick.