Chuck Schumer just made the ‘smartest’ move of his career. He threw a few threats at two Supreme Court justices.
Now, Chief Justice Roberts weighed in on the matter. And believe when I say, it’s uncommon for Roberts to make such a statement.
“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said. “All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”
Earlier Wednesday, Schumer warned in a speech outside the Supreme Court that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh will “pay the price” if they vote against pro-choice advocates in a major abortion case.
“Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history. From Louisiana, to Missouri, to Texas, Republican legislatures are waging a war on women, all women, and they’re taking away fundamental rights. 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,” the New York Democrat threatened.
Schumer made the threat as the Supreme Court heard a challenge to a Louisiana law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges. Earlier Wednesday, Kavanaugh signaled that he is open to ruling that Louisiana’s abortion restrictions are constitutional, notes the Washington Examiner.
Of course, Schumer quickly tried to take back his statements, or at least amend them.
Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman attempted to clarify the New York Democrat’s remarks, saying he was only referring to the “political price” that Republicans will pay for confirming Gorsuch and Kavanaugh to the bench and “warning that the justices will unleash [a] major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision.”
In a follow-up statement, Goodman accused Roberts of following the “right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation” of Schumer’s speech, “while remaining silent when President Trump attacked Justices Sotomayor and Ginsberg last week.” Schumer’s spokesman then said the chief justice’s statement shows he does “not just call balls and strikes.”
Schumer should consider a simple strategy known as “quit while your ahead.” Before his mouth lands Schumer in scalding water.
In the hours since Schumer’s statement, the back-lash has been building.
As the Federalist reports:
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., announced plans to introduce a motion to censure Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for threatening two Supreme Court justices.
“Now Chuck Schumer is threatening Supreme Court justices personally, to the point of implying their physical safety is endangered. Disgusting, shameful, and frankly, WEAK,” Hawley tweeted. “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 [the] Supreme Court.”
Hawley is not alone in his condemnation of Schumer’s statement. He is joined by fellow Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
“The Democratic Party is so radicalized on abortion politics that today Chuck Schumer threatened Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh if they didn’t strike down a simple, common-sense, pro-woman law that simply says that abortion doctors need to have admission privileges at a local hospital,” Sasse said. “Think about this: If a Republican threatened Justice Sotomayor or Justice Ginsburg, it would be the biggest story not just in Washington but all across America. But Chuck Schumer’s bully tactics aren’t getting much air time right now because there’s so many people in bed with his defense of abortion and his attack on an independent judiciary. These bullying tactics need to stop.”
No End in Sight
Of course, as long as a Democrat Party exists, there will be bullies. But as long as we have President Trump, those bullies will meet their match.
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