Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) plainly threatened Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch with the phrases “you will pay the price” and you “won’t know what hit you.” at a pro-choice rally in front of the Supreme Court. If you or I , or any Republican, did the same thing we would be setting in a jail cell at this very moment.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Wednesday remarks were “dangerous” and “threatening statements.” Interestingly there was not a unanimous announcement made by the Supreme Court; there should have been. Read more here.
President 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!
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the Senate floor to address the threats made by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:
A FEW WEEKS AGO, I SPOKE ON THIS FLOOR ABOUT A DANGEROUS TREND THAT THREATENS OUR SELF-GOVERNMENT. I EXPLAINED HOW SOME IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY APPEAR MORE INTERESTED IN ATTACKING THE INSTITUTIONS OF OUR GOVERNMENT THAN IN WORKING WITHIN THEM. HOW DEMOCRATS INCREASINGLY RESPOND TO POLITICAL DISAPPOINTMENTS WITH EXTREME CLAIMS THAT OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT ITSELF MUST BE BROKEN. THE FAILURE CAN’T BE THEIR OWN. IT CAN’T BE THAT THE LEFT NEEDS BETTER ARGUMENTS OR IDEAS. NO. NO. THE FAULT MUST LIE WITH THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF.
DEMOCRATS HAVE TRIED TO CLOAK THEIR ANGER AT PRESIDENT TRUMP IN RHETORIC ABOUT PROTECTING NORMS AND INSTITUTIONS, BUT IN REALITY, IT IS THEIR OWN SIDE OF THE AISLE WHERE ANY INSTITUTIONALISM IS RAMPANT. RAMPANT. WE COULD TALK ABOUT ATTACKS ON THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY, ON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT, ON THE SENATE ITSELF, BUT MOST STRIKING OF ALL HAVE BEEN THE SHAMELESS EFFORTS TO BULLY OUR NATION’S INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY, AND YESTERDAY THOSE EFFORTS TOOK A DANGEROUS AND DISTURBING TURN.
The Left abuses the laws, traditions and customs of America at every opportunity. Democrats only observe the Constitution when they can use it as a shield or a hammer to advance their cause.
NOW, I HAD HOPED I WOULD NOT NEED TO REITERATE WHAT EVERY REPUBLICAN SENATOR TOLD THE COURT IN AUGUST AFTER SENATE DEMOCRATS SENT THEIR THREATENING BRIEF. BUT TODAY I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SAY IT AGAIN. REPUBLICANS ARE ABSOLUTELY AND UNSHAKEABLY COMMITTED TO THE CORE CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLE OF AN INDEPENDENT FEDERAL JUDICIARY JUDICIARY. THE CORE CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLE OF AN INDEPENDENT FEDERAL JUDICIARY.
Videos of Senator McConnell’s speech can be seen here.