Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a threat of violence against Trump-appointed U.S. Supreme Court justices, and his attempts at intimidation will not stand.
“I want to tell you, (Neil) Gorsuch. I want to tell you, (Brett) Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer reportedly said. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
In what began as a typical Democrat rant that every abortion case heard by the high court represents an existential threat, Schumer unleashed a tirade that crossed the line. The senator’s office has been doing damage control ever since, but even members of the fake news media don’t have his back this time. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin weighed in and pushed back on Schumer’s later claims that the threat was purely political.
“If you parse what Chuck Schumer said, it was wrong, it was inappropriate. It was not the way you should talk about the Supreme Court,” Toobin reportedly said on air. “It was inappropriate. It did sound like a physical threat.”
Although the high court has rarely responded to statements made by politicians or others, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a stern rebuke.
“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 stated. “All members of the court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”
The case in question, June Medical Services v. Russo, concerns a Louisiana law that requires abortion clinic to have a doctor on staff with admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. The conventional wisdom is that when abortions go awry, women’s lives are in jeopardy. Although abortion activists and Planned Parenthood, among others, have kept the fallout of botched abortions out of the media spotlight, it’s not unusual for women to be rushed to neighboring hospitals.
This technical law in no way limits abortions in the state, but ensures prompt healthcare in the event of a medical emergency. Needless to say, Democrats such as Schumer are against this commonsense protection. Since issuing this obvious threat, President Donald Trump and Republican senators are rallying to rein in the high-ranking Democrat.
“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,” President Trump reportedly tweeted. “Serious action MUST be taken NOW!”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz has openly called for “disciplinary steps” to be taken against Schumer, and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley was immediately poised to introduce a measure that would censure the minority leader, tweeting his threats were “disgusting, shameful, and frankly, WEAK.”
Despite widespread agreement that Schumer crossed a dangerous line, Senator Hawley faces an uphill struggle to get justice. The Senate has not censured a member in decades. It can carry complete expulsion, and requires a two-thirds majority vote. Given the outrageous behavior of Schumer’s Democrat comrades, it’s unlikely they would agree to punish him for this or any wrong.