Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts on Wednesday issued a highly unusual and forceful rebuke to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calling his seemingly threatening remarks directed at Associated Justices Neal Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh “irresponsible” and dangerous.” “This morning, Senator Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside,” Roberts said in an extraordinary written statement. “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.'” Roberts continued: “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.” Hours earlier, at a pro-choice rally hosted by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Schumer ominously singled out President Trump’s two Supreme Court picks. “I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price!” Schumer warned. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” Video of the remarks quickly circulated on social media, with Republicans casting the comments as a clear threat against two sitting Supreme Court justices. Schumer noted that an upcoming Supreme Court case, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, is the first “major” abortion case since President Trump’s court picks have been on the bench. The dispute, dealing with restrictions over who can perform abortions, involves a Louisiana law similar to one in Texas that the court ruled unconstitutional in 2016, before either Trump justice was on the Supreme Court and before conservatives held a 5-4 majority. Schumer did not explain what “price” this would be as far as the justices are concerned.
Of course he didn’t. Chuck is just a thug and a blowhard. See the next op/ed immediately below. The Senate should censure Chuck for his outrageous and threatening remarks. Jerks like him need to be held to account. And we deserve better from our elected officials.