President Donald Trump issued a warning to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after the pro-abortion Democrat threatened Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch over a pro-life case appearing before the high court last week.
Schumer said the two will “pay the price” if they uphold a pro-life law from Louisiana that saves babies from abortion and protects women’s health.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price,” Schumer yelled into the mic before a crowd of abortion supporters.
“You won’t know what hit you if you go through with these awful decisions,” he added.
Today, Trump tweeted another condemnation of Schumer, saying “That is far beyond simple rhetoric. That is a physical threat, or at least a threat that you better vote for us. Trouble ahead!”
Senate Republicans are furious with Schumer and Senator Josh Hawley has said he will bring up a motion to censure Schumer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to rebuke him last week.
“There is nothing to call this except a threat,” he said.
“At the very best, his comments were astonishingly reckless and irresponsible,” McConnell said. “The minority leader of the United States Senate threatened two associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Period.”
McConnell asked Schumer to “withdraw his comments and apologize.”
“Contrary to what the Democratic leader has tried to claim, he very clearly was not addressing Republican lawmakers or anybody else,” McConnell said. “He literally directed the statement to the justices, by name. And he said, quote, ‘if you go forward with these awful decisions,’ which could only apply to the court itself. The minority leader of the United States Senate threatened two associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Period.”
“No matter the intention, words carrying the apparent threat of violence can have horrific unintended violence,” McConnell later added.
After McConnell’s statement, Schumer spoke on the Senate floor and refused to apologize.
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“Now I should not have used the words I used,” Schumer said. “They didn’t come out the way I intended to … I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language. But in no way was I making a threat. I never, never would do such a thing.”
The Senate was expected to vote today on a motion to censure Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for what pro-life Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri says are “disgusting, shameful, and frankly, WEAK” threats agaisnt the Supreme Court justices.
“I would call on Schumer to apologize, but we all know he has no shame,” Hawley tweeted late Wednesday. “So tomorrow I will introduce a motion to censure Schumer for his pathetic attempt at intimidation.”
After a deluge of criticism and Chief Justice John Roberts rebuking his “dangerous” comments, Schumer refused to apologize.
“For Justice Roberts to follow the right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation of what Senator Schumer said, while remaining silent when President Trump attacked Justices Sotomayor and Ginsberg last week, shows Justice Roberts does not just call balls and strikes,” a spokesperson for Schumer responded.
“Women’s health care rights are at stake and Americans from every corner of the country are in anguish about what the court might do to them,” Goodman said in a statement to Fox News. “Sen. Schumer’s comments were a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court, and a warning that the justices will unleash a major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision.”
But the comment specifically referred to the justices, not Senate Republicans.
Responding to the tirade, pro-life Sen. Ben Sasse tore into Schumer.
“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,” the Nebraska Republican said Wednesday in a statement. “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,” Sasse added.
Even the pro-abortion American Bar Association said they were “deeply troubled” by Schumer’s remarks.
“Whatever one thinks about the merits of an issue before a court, there is no place for threats — whether real or allegorical,” the ABA said in a statement. “Personal attacks on judges by any elected officials, including the President, are simply inappropriate. Such comments challenge the reputation of the third, co-equal branch of our government; the independence of the judiciary; and the personal safety of judicial officers. They are never acceptable.”
The Supreme Court last week held oral arguments on a key pro-life law that saves babies from abortion and protects women from dangerous abortions that could jeopardize their lives and health.
The 2014 Louisiana law at the center of the case requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges to treat patients with emergency complications. If allowed to take effect, it could close shoddy abortion facilities that are not prepared to help patients suffering from emergency complications.