Should Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) be fired for his recent threat to members of the Supreme Court? At least one congressman thinks so.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suggested that Democrats ought to remove Schumer from his Senate Minority Leader position for “trying to intimidate” Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
Time for Chuck to go
McCarthy’s comments came during a recent appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
“This is the person elected to lead them inside the Senate going to the Supreme Court and trying to intimidate them,” McCarthy told host Ed Henry.
McCarthy continued: “In America, we believe in the exchange of ideas. He wants to intimidate them because he doesn’t agree with their ideas. That’s wrong.”
According to McCarthy, this all leads to one question: “Why do Democrats keep him as a leader?”
Schumer’s apparent threat took place at a pro-abortion rally held by the Center for Reproductive Rights outside of the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
“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, singling out President Donald Trump’s two nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
This statement earned Schumer widespread and bipartisan criticism, which, unusually, included a condemnatory response from Chief Justice John Roberts. “Threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said.
Subsequently, Schumer, after taking some shots at Roberts, tried to soften his threatening remarks, saying, “Now I should not have used the words I used. They didn’t come out the way I intended to. I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language.”
McCarthy is right
If Schumer’s follow up didn’t seem like an apology, that is because it wasn’t. It isn’t even clear whether or not he recanted his original statement. Yet, besides some criticism, he has faced no consequences for his action (and we all know what would have happened if the shoe was on the other foot).
The bottom line is that Schumer needs to be held accountable. As McCarthy suggested, removing him from Senate minority leadership would be a good start.