Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is facing bi-partisan backlash over his recent threats to members of the United States Supreme Court while protesting at a pro-abortion rally on the steps of the court.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price!” Schumer said. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Schumer is paying a political price for his comments as both liberals and conservatives alike are condemning the comments and some, including Senator Ted Cruz, are calling for a vote of censure against Schumer, and others calling for him to be removed as minority leader.
But as the pressure mounts on the New York Senator, a recent statement of Schumer’s may be the death nail for his political leadership. In mid-February, as Schumer was speaking on the Senate Floor, he firmly denounced President Donald Trump’s critical remarks about a judge’s ruling in the case of Roger Stone.
“To not speak up now, when in the middle of this brouhaha, a judge is being attacked by the president before she makes a sentencing decision, that’s when we really need the chief justice to speak up,” Schumer said just a few weeks before making threats against Supreme Court justices. “So now would be the time for Chief Justice Roberts to speak up. Now would be the time for the chief justice to directly and specifically defend the independence of this federal judge. I hope he will see fit to do that and to do it today.”
With President Trump publicly attacking a judge:
Now would be the time for Chief Justice Roberts to speak up.
Now would be the time for the Chief Justice to directly and specifically defend the independence of the federal judiciary.
I hope he will see fit to, and do it today. pic.twitter.com/xspNKwRDys
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 13, 2020
Chief Justice Roberts did not do as Schumer said and did not condemn Trump’s remarks.
Ironically however, Chief Justice Roberts did blast Schumer for his “dangerous” comments.
‘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.’
– Chief Justice John Roberts condemning Senator Chuck Schumer’s comments
“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,” Roberts said in his official statement.
At this time, there has been no official vote for a censure of Senator Schumer.