Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has crossed a line when speaking about the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Schumer made inflamatory remarks during a rally outside the Supreme Court, where the court was hearing a case on abortion. The New Yotk Democrat told Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh,” warned Schumer, who led the fight against both their nominations. “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 have sparked a flurry of backlash from people across the political spectrum, including President Donald Trump.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
Actor James Woods also condemned Schumer warning that America’s Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment as a safeguard against “violent haters” like Schumer.
“When the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court must take the extraordinary step of admonishing a United States Senator from targeting the lives of named Justices, we are in civil war territory. The Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment for violent haters like Chuck Schumer,” Woods responded to Schumer’s comments on Twitter.
The remarks prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to issue a rare admonishment of the New York Democrat.
“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,” Roberts said. “All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”