United States Sen. Chuck Schumer claimed headlines on Wednesday when he said the following about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
“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. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Schumer smirked in between the comments.
Sen. Joni Ernst criticized Schumer’s comments on Twitter.
“Threatening two Supreme Court justices is just one more reason we can’t let Chuck Schumer become Majority Leader,” she wrote.
Sen. Chuck Grassley also reacted.
“Sen. Schumer’s threats today against Supreme Court justices are wrong and dangerous and he should apologize,” Grassley said. “This is just another example of Schumer campaign to politicize courts: Estrada, 2007 ACS speech and Kavanaugh hearings to name a few. Stop attacking independent judiciary!”
Sen. Ted Cruz said Schumer must be censured for threatening Supreme Court justices by name on the steps of the Supreme Court.
Rep. andy Biggs dropped a resolution on Thursday to condemn Schumer for his threats.
Schumer apologized on Thursday and said he should not have used the words.
“My point was that there would be political consequences for President Trump and Senate Republicans if the Supreme Court, with the newly confirmed justices, stripped away a woman’s right to choose. I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language.”
Chief Justice John Roberts even addressed Schumer’s comments. Roberts said the comments were not only inappropriate but dangerous.