‘This is a direct & dangerous threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer’
President Donald Trump has responded furiously to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for threatening conservative Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
Trump demanded “serious action” be immediately taken against the top Democrat leader.
The president was responding to comments made by Sen. Schumer earlier on Wednesday.
In a fiery speech outside the Supreme Court, Schumer warned that Kavanaugh and Gorsuch and will “pay the price” if they vote against pro-choice advocates in a high-profile abortion case.
“This is a direct & dangerous threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer,” President Trump tweeted, sharing a video of Schumer’s remarks posted by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
“If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action MUST be taken NOW!“
The New York Democrat threatened:
“Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history.
“From Louisiana, to Missouri, to Texas, Republican legislatures are waging a war on women, all women, and they’re taking away fundamental rights.
“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.”
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! https://t.co/WqQUbyzaJU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2020
Schumer made the warning while the Supreme Court heard a challenge to a Louisiana law which requires doctors who perform abortions to possess hospital admitting privileges.
Kavanaugh has signaled that he is open to ruling that the state’s abortion law is constitutional, reports the Washington Examiner.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued a rare rebuke of Schumer’s threat, calling it both “inappropriate” and “dangerous” for a leading lawmaker to utter.
Roberts said in a rare 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.”
According to Breitbart, Justin Goodman, a spokesperson for Schumer, responded to Roberts by accusing him of adopting the “right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation” of the Senate Minority Leader’s comment, “while remaining silent when President Trump attacked Justices Sotomayor and Ginsberg last week.”
Further, the spokesman then stated that Roberts’ condemnation illustrates that he does “not just call balls and strikes.”
Last week, President Trump argued Sotomayor and Ginsburg should recuse themselves from cases involving his administration over their previous criticisms of him and his policies.
“I just don’t know how they can not recuse themselves for anything having to do with Trump or Trump-related,” he said at the time.