Politics

Schumer Apologizes for Supreme Court Comment: They Didnt Come out the Way I Intended

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) apologized he made remarks that critical of two conservative Supreme Court justices that some interpreted as a threat.

“I should not have used the words I used yesterday. They didnt come out the way I intended to. My point was that there would be political consequences—political consequences—for President [Donald] Trump and Senate Republicans if the Supreme Court, with the newly confirmed justices, stripped away a womans right to choose,” he remarked on the Senate Floor.

He added: “Of course I didnt intend to suggest anything other than political and public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court and it is a gross distortion to imply otherwise.”

It came after Schumer said on Wednesday that Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who were both appointed by President Donald Trump, would “pay the price” if they upheld a law in Louisiana that mandates that abortion doctors should be preapproved to check their patients to nearby hospitals. Some interpreted his words as a threat or call to action for violence against the two.

“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 to protesters who were gathered in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on March 4. “You wont know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

The minority leader was admonished by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other senators. At least one Republican, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), said he would attempt to censure Schumer.

“I would call on Schumer to apologize … So tomorrow I will introduce a motion to censure Schumer for his pathetic attempt at intimidation of [the Supreme Court],” Hawley wrote on Twitter.

Epoch Times Photo
Epoch Times Photo
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) questions Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz during a Senate Committee On Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs hearing at the US Capitol on Dec. 18, 2019 in Washington. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Schumers remarks prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to deliver a rare comment in condemnation of Schumers words as “dangerous” and “inappropriate.”

“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threateningRead More – Source