In a stunning rebuke, Chief Justice John Roberts slammed Senator Chuck Schumer for his threatening comments against two U.S. Supreme Court justices.
On today’s Jay Sekulow Live we discussed Senator Schumer’s threatening comments and the reactions from Chief Justice John Roberts and others.
Senator Schumer said at an abortion rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday:
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.
The Chief Justice, John Roberts issued a statement condemning Senator Schumer’s comments:
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.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to Senator Schumer’s comments this morning on the floor of the Senate:
He literally directed the statement to the Justices by name, and he said, “If you go forward with these awful decisions,” which could only apply to the Court itself, the Minority Leader of the United States Senate threatened two associate Justices of the US Supreme Court, period. There’s no other way to interpret that.
Senator Schumer tried to walk back those comments a bit, but he did not actually apologize:
I should not have used the words I used yesterday. They didn’t come out the way I intended to. My point was 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. Of course I didn’t intend to suggest anything other than political and public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court, and it is a gross distortion to imply otherwise.
You can listen to the entire episode here.
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