Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) ignited a firestorm yesterday over his naked aggression directed at Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
New York’s senior senator told Gorsuch and Kavanaugh that “you will pay the price” and “you won’t know what hit you” if they rule against reproductive rights.
That prompted a stern rebuke from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who called Schumer’s remarks “dangerous.”
Schumer’s office fired back, claiming that Roberts had deliberately misinterpreted what Schumer said while remaining silent when President Trump chastised liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week.
This unprecedented exchange highlights how poisoned the relationship between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches has become.
Now, in a moment of lucidity, even Senator Schumer is apologizing.
Per the Los Angeles Times:
Speaking on the Senate floor, Schumer said his words “didn’t come out the way I intended to.”
“My point was that there would be political consequences for President Trump and Senate Republicans if the Supreme Court, with the newly confirmed justices, stripped away a woman’s right to choose,” he said. He added: “I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language.”
A clip of Schumer’s speech circulated on social media and was condemned by conservatives, including President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who on Thursday said the words “at the very best…were astonishingly reckless and irresponsible” and “clearly…dangerous.”
“It has almost been a century since the last time Democrats threatened to pack the Supreme Court because they wanted different rulings. History still judges that disgraceful episode to this day,” McConnell said. “So I would suggest that my Democratic colleagues spend less time trying to threaten impartial judges, and more time coming up with ideas that are actually constitutional.”
In response to Schumer, Chief Justice John Roberts said, “All members of the court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”