Senator Schumer Threatened Supreme Court Justices
On March 4, addressing a Center for Reproductive [sic] Rights [sic] abortion rally on the steps of the US Supreme Court, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat-New York) provided further proof that aborting babies is Democrats’ No. 1 priority.
In an ugly scene literally unprecedented in American history, Schumer actually threatened two Supreme Court justices. A rigid pro-abort, he fears that the two, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, both appointees of Donald Trump, might rule in favor of a pending Louisiana women’s safety and pro-life law that says abortionists must have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in case of emergencies. The case is June Medical Services v Russo.
In calculated tones and looking pleased with himself afterwards, Schumer bellowed: “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.”
If you think “pay the price” and “You won’t know what hit you” are threats of violence, you have company. So do President Trump, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky), even some pro-abortion political and media figures, the National Legal Policy Center—and Senator Josh Hawley (Republican-Missouri), who introduced a Senate resolution that calls upon that body to censure Schumer.
Mr Trump tweeted, “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. Serious action MUST be taken NOW!…” Chief Justice Roberts released this 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. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.
Notably, Schumer the next day issued a non-apology. Even though he had targeted Gorsuch and Kavanaugh by name, and he had warned them “not to go forward with these awful decisions”, he now said he did not mean those two! Schumer claimed, “My point was that there would be political consequences for President Trump and Senate Republicans if the Supreme Court, with the newly confirmed justice[s], stripped away a women’s right [sic] to choose [sic].”
Along with that pathetic dodge, Schumer said he regretted his “choice of words”. But he added that it is “a gross distortion” for anyone to interpret them as a threat of violence.
Schumer Made His Point?
Pro-life observers wonder if Schumer meant his warning not only for Gorsuch and Kavanaugh but also for the Supreme Court’s other pro-life justices, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and, one hopes, John Roberts—as well as for anyone else in the judicial system who might be pro-life: all the other federal court judges and the current nominees and potential nominees to those courts. Will not Schumer’s dire words echo in those individuals’ minds, now and for the rest of their lives, when they consider voting pro-life in their judicial rulings? Will they not wonder if a pro-life vote will make them targets of abortion fanatics?
Just ask pro-life Congressman Steve Scalise (Republican-Louisiana), whom a Bernie Sanders supporter wounded nearly fatally in a rifle attack on a Congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2017. (The attacker was killed, Scalise is recovered but has lingering effects and Sanders did forcefully denounce the attacker and all violence.)