The Supreme Court decided to take up an ongoing case over an abortion law in Louisiana. The ruling could have significant impact on the practice throughout the country. Worried his party’s most coveted agenda was at risk, Chuck Schumer openly threatened two Supreme Court Justices. Now, he’s facing backlash from all sides.
By now, you’ve probably heard about the insane things Chuck Schumer said about Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. If not, let me enlighten you. During at abortion rally outside the Supreme Court, Schumer threatened the Trump appointed-justices to vote his way, or else.
“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.”
Damn. I’ve seen and heard a lot of crazy stuff since I started writing about politics. But this might take the cake. A long-serving Democrat senator openly threatened two Supreme Court justices over an ongoing trial. He literally said, “You will pay the price.”
How can anyone think this was appropriate? As it turns out, quite a few people were outraged by this, including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts on Wednesday issued a highly unusual and forceful rebuke to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calling his threatening remarks directed at Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh “irresponsible” and “dangerous.” [Source: Fox News]
The president himself said Schumer made a “direct and dangerous” threat to the Supreme Court. He demanded action be taken.
Already Schumer’s colleagues are responding. Sen. Josh Hawley is planning to introduce a motion to censure Chuck for his comments. Considering the Senate’s Republican majority, it just might pass.
But Hawley might get some support from the left. Because even a few Democrats are shocked by Schumer’s words.
“Threatening a sitting Justice regardless of their politics is dangerous,” [Jimmy] Williams tweeted. “What Schumer said is gross inappropriate and unacceptable. He should clarify his words immediately or step down from leadership. We must be better than this.”
Another liberal, law professor Lawrence Tribe, also criticized Schumer, saying his remarks were “inexcusable.” Even Democrat Jonathan Turley called out Schumer, saying he sounded like a “stalker.”
Why are so many people—on the left and right—condemning the man? Politicians say crazy things against rivals all the time, right? Well, this time, it’s very different. Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are members of the third branch of the federal government. As justices of the Supreme Court, they are separated from the powers of Congress and the White House.
They are required to do their job without bias—and interference—from the other two branches. It would be wrong for the president or a lawmaker to tell justices how to rule. In fact, it would be wildly inappropriate and illegal.
Schumer went way beyond just telling them. He, before a crowd and captured on video for the world to see, threatened two justices over a case. He made it very clear that there would be consequences if these two conservative justices ruled in a way Schumer didn’t like.
What could those consequences be? Schumer can’t “fire” a Supreme Court justice. He can’t impeach them over a ruling. How else are we going to interpret his words, but as a promise of violence? Democrats are known for inciting violence against conservatives. News outlets like CNN have “doxed” conservatives, exposing them to danger.
Would Schumer—or his office—create a situation where Gorsuch and Kavanaugh were vulnerable to attack? Guess what, he already did. His words might motivate unstable persons to want to harm these to respected justices.
Which is exactly why Chuck said them. He should face a serious penalty for what he did. It can only be considered criminal.