Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s, D-New York, comments that appeared to threaten Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh if they vote to overturn the controversial Roe vs. Wade decision have been widely condemned by Republicans. Senate candidate Jeff Sessions called on the Senate to censure the senior Senator from New York.
On Wednesday on the steps of the Supreme Court Schumer threatened Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
“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.”
“Senator Chuck Schumer’s threats against the Supreme Court are appalling,” Sessions said. “He cannot bully the Supreme Court into imposing his radical abortion agenda on Alabama and the nation. Alabamians value unborn life and our Constitution. We will not be intimidated. I will always fight for life & our Alabama values every day. Censure Schumer NOW!”
First Congressional District candidate Bill Hightower said, “Minority Leader Schumer’s irresponsible rhetoric has absolutely no place in our public discourse and is beneath anyone who sits in a place of national leadership. Justices rule should be based upon fidelity to the constitution, not the fear of retribution, and Chuck Schumer’s comments violate every norm our constituents expect from our officials. Minority Leader Schumer should apologize immediately.”
Trump national finance committee member former State Representative Perry O. Hooper Jr., R-Montgomery, also released a statement criticizing Leader Schumer.
“Sounds like Michael Corleone in the Godfather, not the Leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate,” Hooper said. “He didn’t even have the decency to address them by their titles. The senator’s despicable attack is part of a concerted effort by those on the left to delegitimize the court. If this wasn’t a case for the lifetime appointments of Supreme Court Justices, I don’t know one.”
“Schumer compounded his ugly behavior by smearing the chief justice as a partisan ideologue, as well,” Hooper continued. “What partisan behavior did he participate in?”
Chief Justice Roberts issued the following statement in response to Schumer’s attack: “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.”
“This is an unprecedented attack on justices of the Supreme Court,” Hooper said. “Unprecedented because you won’t be able to find a single instance in modern history of a member of Congress threatening a justice — by name.”
The Court is currently hearing a Louisiana law that gives infants who survive a botched abortion, the right to have basic medical care if they are born alive.
Democrats, led by Schumer, recently defeated a bill in the Senate that would have protected living, breathing babies who survived a botched late term abortion.
“Threatening justices over impending cases is outrageous and must not be tolerated,” Hooper said. “Schumer should be removed from his position of leadership by his own party. Censured by the entire Senate and sent packing by the good people of New York.”