On Thursday, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell unleashed on Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on the Senate floor after he threatened President Trump’s Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, saying that they would “pay the price” if they don’t submit to his abortion demands.
“There is nothing to call this except a threat,” McConnell said on the floor.
McConnell added that Schumer was trying to “gaslight the entire country” for claiming that he was not referring to the justices when he made the blatant threat.
“But if he cannot even admit to saying what he said, we certainly cannot know what he meant,” McConnell said. “At the very best his comments were astonishingly reckless and extremely irresponsible.”
McConnell’s comments come after Schumer went on an unhinged rant at an abortion rally where he threatened the two conservative judges.
“Inside the walls of this court, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments, as you know, for the first major abortion rights cases since Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch came to the bench,” Schumer said. “We know what’s at stake. Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history.”
“Republican legislatures are waging a war on women, all women, and they’re taking away fundamental rights,” Schumer added. “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.”
Shortly after the comments were made, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued a rare rebuke where he shredded Schumer.
“This morning, Senator Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside,” Roberts said in a statement. “Senator Schumer referred to two Members of the Court by name and said he wanted to tell them that ‘You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.’”
“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 added. “All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”
Constitutional Law Professor at George Washington University, Jonathan Turley joined in and hammered Schumer as well.
“Schumer’s threat to the Court that ‘you will pay the price’ is a direct attack on the integrity of our courts,” Turley said. “I criticized Trump for his reckless comments about the courts. Where is the chorus of condemnation of Schumer? Schumer sounded more like a stalker than a statesman.”
President Donald Trump also weighed in on Schumer’s comments, saying that “serious” action should be taken against the minority leader.
“This is a direct & dangerous threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer,” President Trump tweeted. “If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action MUST be taken NOW!”
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