President Donald Trump slammed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday after the New York Democrat threatened conservative Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — both of whom were nominated by the president.
Soon after video clips of Schumer’s comments scorched across social media, the president took to Twitter and demanded “serious action” be taken immediately against the New York Democrat.
In a matter of hours, the president called for “serious action” against Schumer and one Republican lawmaker said he will be introducing a measure to censure the top Democrat over his threats.
The president also made a strong point: If a Republican lawmaker made these threatening comments, they would more than likely be impeached, arrested, or have some other form of serious reprimand.
“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!” the president tweeted, sharing a video clip of Schumer’s remarks via Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
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
Earlier Wednesday, Schumer warned in a fiery speech outside the Supreme Court that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh will “pay the price” if they vote against pro-choice advocates in a high-profile abortion case.
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.
Schumer’s comments are in response to the Supreme Court hearing 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.
In other words, the Supreme Court could be on the verge of issuing a major pro-life ruling.
And as evidenced by Schumer’s intimidating comments, abortion-supporting Democrats are freaking out about it.
BREAKING: Chief Justice Roberts issues statement blasting Chuck Schumer for threatening Justices Gorsuch & Kavanaugh as the court heard a case on abortion
Roberts said "statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous." pic.twitter.com/pU5UqjbIE8
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 4, 2020
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.
This morning, Senator Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside. 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. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.
Schumer’s office responded by accusing Roberts 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.”
Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Howley announced on Twitter that he intends to introduce a measure to censure Schumer.
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 5, 2020
Many would agree that it’s unsettling to see a sitting member of Congress call out two Supreme Court justices by name and issue several remarks that even Roberts called “threatening.”
Just imagine the outrage if Trump had made these exact same comments about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.