Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made headlines this week when he threatened two Supreme Court Justices during a pro-abortion rally.
Now, some of his colleagues are saying that there should be consequences for it. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suggested on Thursday that some in the Democrat party may even be considering removing Schumer from leadership.
Schumer shocks with Supreme Court threat
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer bellowed outside of the Supreme Court building on Wednesday.
“You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” the Senate minority leader continued angrily.
Schumer’s tirade provoked Chief Justice John Roberts to rebuke Schumer with a rare public statement. It read in part, “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.”
Trying to “gaslight the entire country”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) voiced his displeasure as well, stating, “There is nothing to call this except a threat.” McConnell added that Schumer was trying to “gaslight the entire country” when he claimed that his remarks were actually directed towards Republicans and not the justices that he named.
Meanwhile, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) tweeted that he would be introducing a resolution to censure Schumer “for his pathetic attempt at intimidation.”
It wasn’t just members of the Senate who reacted negatively to Schumer’s words, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy voiced his disapproval as well.
“You have the leader of the Democrats in the Senate standing over the Supreme Court, I believe, before the Supreme Court is going to hear a case, threatening two new judges–threatening them. He’s not mincing his word in any shape or form. We are so much better than that. I don’t care if it is a Republican or Democrat; it is unacceptable, and it is a new low,” Breitbart quoted McCarthy as saying.
“We know Chuck Schumer. He’s been a member of Congress, he’s been a senator for quite some time, and he’s been a leader.”
“It is just so inappropriate, but to take it to that level, it almost brings a threat not only to those members of the Supreme Court, but for others to act,” he warned.
“I don’t know if Democrats want to change their leadership over it, but I’ve heard some talk about it,” the California Republican concluded.