Republicans Threaten Censure For Schumer Comments

Republicans Threaten Censure For Schumer Comments

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday said he used the wrong words in his comments about Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, saying they were not a threat.

Schumer made the comments at a Planned Parenthood rally Wednesday that was convened as the Supreme Court heard arguments on an abortion case. A video of that rally shows Schumer saying, "You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these very bad decisions, " and naming the two Supreme Court appointees of President Donald Trump.

Chief Justice John Roberts and many others accused Schumer of making "threatening statements" when the senator said Gorsuch and Kavanaugh "will pay the price..." "They didn't come out the way I meant to". "There is nothing to call this except a threat, and there is absolutely no question to whom it was directed", McConnell said.

"All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter", Roberts added. But it's not only Republicans criticizing Schumer; Democrats, advisers, law professors, and pundits piled on, rebuking the Democrat leader for his excess. "I condemn what Schumer said, but will defend to the death his right to say it, but it is unsafe speech if more people pick up on it". He also said it a "gross distortion" to imply that he was referring to "anything other than political and public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court".

On Wednesday, the Democrat leader addressed Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, saying they would "pay the price" if they voted to restrict abortions.

McConnell said Schumer's comments were "astonishingly reckless and completely irresponsible". "Every single DSCC-backed candidate beholden to Schumer's money machine should demonstrate a degree of decency and disavow the unsafe attack on our independent judiciary".

"Let me ask you, my friends, are we going to let Republicans undo a woman's right to choose?" Schumer's aim was clearly to intimidate the justices into siding with leftist activists' "living constitution" nonsense rather than the constitutionalists' approach of using the plain language of the law.

The episode signals how the issue of Supreme Court nominees will likely become a flashpoint in the 2020 presidential campaign.

President Trump, who appointed both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, tweeted that Schumer's comments at the rally are "a direct & risky threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer".

McConnell started his speech by discussing the anti-institutionalism, anti-American rhetoric growing within the Democratic Party.

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