Specifically, Schumer directed a threat at two of the high courts justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — both of whom, notably, were nominated by President Donald Trump.
As The National Sentinel reported, the New York Democrat said they’ll “pay the price” if they take a legal position he doesn’t like in a case addressing the credentialing of doctors who perform abortions.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” he said, specifically naming them. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
What, exactly, did Schumer mean by ‘pay the price’?
What exactly did he mean by saying, ‘You won’t know what hit you’?
Any reasonable person would view these statements as a legitimate threat. And in fact, many did, including noted constitutional expert Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University.
“Schumer’s threat to the Court that ‘you will pay the price’ is a direct attack on the integrity of our courts,” Turley said in a tweet. “I criticized Trump for his reckless comments about the courts. Where is the chorus of condemnation of Schumer? Schumer sounded more like a stalker than a statesman.”
The president himself also noted that Schumer stepped way over the line, and probably legally.
“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!” he demanded on Twitter.
Even Chief Justice John Roberts agrees, as he said in a rare public rebuke.
Lamely, Schumer’s office claimed that he was actually talking about “Republicans” — the GOP would ‘pay the price’ at the polls in November if the high court ruled in favor of a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to be credentialed with a hospital no more than 30 miles from their clinics so they can treat their patients if there is a problem during the procedure. This is basic healthcare, not “taking away abortion rights.”
Nobody with a couple of brain cells to rub together and who isn’t afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome believes that, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“He literally directed the statement to the justices, by name. And he said, quote, ‘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 U.S. Supreme Court. Period,” McConnell said on the floor of the chamber Thursday afternoon.
Schumer has kinda, sorta apologized, blaming his threatening words on the fact that he’s “from Brooklyn” — as though being a native New Yorker somehow excuses bad taste, stupidity, lousy judgment, and a potential violation of the law.
And which law would that be? How about 40 United States Code, which contains provisions making it a federal crime to use threatening language on Supreme Court grounds?
Specifically, 40 USC §?6134 notes: “It is unlawful to discharge a firearm, firework or explosive, set fire to a combustible, make a harangue or oration, or utter loud, threatening, or abusive language in the Supreme Court Building or grounds.”
The penalty for violations — fines and/or imprisonment for 60 days.
Who wouldn’t enjoy seeing Charles Schumer spend a couple of months behind bars, after the stunt he pulled?
But even if you wouldn’t, consider this: If his threats are okay, then a Republican threat someday is just as okay — right?
No, that’s not right.