Friday, March 06, 2020

Sen Schumer Threatens Supreme Court Justices

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It started at a pro-choice rally outside the Supreme Court building.

The most powerful Democrat in the Senate, Minority Leader Senator Schumer, told the rally that "women's health care rights are at stake and Americans from every corner of the country are in anguish about what the Court might do to them."

Then it went downhill---way downhill, with Schumer personally threatening Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

Chief Justice Roberts has now issued a highly unusual and forceful rebuke to Schumer.

Be informed.

The Left is obsessed with killing unwanted babies.

The rally was sponsored by the Center for Reproductive Rights---an abortion activist organization, with Sen. Schumer as the speaker.

The rally was being held outside while the hearing by the Supreme Court case---June Medical Services LLC vs Russo, was being conducted inside the building.

It is the first "major" abortion case since President Trump's picks have been on the bench.

Speaking to the crowd gathered in front of the Supreme Court building Schumer singled out Trump appointees Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh and said:

"I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions."

Later in the day, Chief Justice Roberts saw the video of what Schumer had said and replied with a remarkable, unusual, and forceful response.

Justice Roberts said this:

"This morning, Senator Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside. 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 very dangerous. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter."

Schumer's response? "You misunderstood."

Schumer spokesman, Justin Goodman, quickly responded to Roberts' statement by accusing Roberts of bias.

He said,
"Sen. Schumer's comments were a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court, and a warning that the justices will unleash a major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision."

Then Goodman added this:
"For Justice Roberts to follow the right wing's deliberate misinterpretation of what Sen. Schumer said, while remaining silent when President Trump attacked Justices Sotomayor and [Ruth Bader] Ginsberg last week shows Justice Roberts does not just call balls and strikes."

Last week President Trump called for those two Justices to recuse themselves regarding a lawsuit that the Trump Campaign has filed because of negative statements they have personally made toward the President.

He was not threatening anyone's life. However, Roberts also responded publicly to Trump at the time.

Other responses.

Most, on either side of the political aisle who love our country, were shocked. And deeply disappointed.

The National Review's Alexandra DeSanctis responded to Goodman's attempt to cover for Schumer: "I was there. I heard the whole context. This is not what Schumer said."

Noah Pollak, with the Daily Caller, tweeted, "Is no one going to point out that on top of everything else Schumer badly mangled a famous line from the Bible (Hosea)? 'They have sown the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind'."

Left-wing Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, a longtime ally of Schumer and the Left, tweeted "These remarks by Sen Schumer were inexcusable. Chief Justice Roberts was right to call him on his comments. I hope the Senator, whom I've long admired and consider a friend, apologizes and takes back his implicit threat. It's beneath him and his office."

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley plans to introduce a Senate motion to censure Schumer for attempting to intimidate Supreme Court Justices. We'll see where that goes.

Republican Rep. Steve Scalise is asking, "Where's the media outrage?" Others are asking as well, because there isn't any outrage.

Scalise is particularly qualified to ask.

You will recall that back in 2017, Scalise was at a park in DC practicing with the Republican baseball team for their annual game against the Democrat baseball team. It's a big deal in DC with proceeds going to charity.

A man walked up to the park where they were practicing and asked if this was the Republican or the Democrat team. When told it was the Republicans, he began shooting at them on the practice field.

Several were wounded, Scalise the most severely. In fact, it took more than a year for him to recover.

When he heard about Schumer's comments, he tweeted,


I repeat, there isn't any.

And what is the case that has Schumer so unhinged?

The case has to do with restrictions over who can perform abortions and it involves a Louisiana law similar to the one in Texas that the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in 2016. However that was before Gorsuch and Kavanaugh were on the Court---and before conservatives held a 5-4 majority.

The law in question requires abortion doctors in Louisiana to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in case a patient experiences complications during or after an abortion.

The abortion industry says the law is all about shutting down abortion clinics---not women's health. This, of course, is coming from the people who call the barbaric killing of unwanted babies "women's reproductive rights," "choice," and "women's health care."

This case is also part of a larger effort by conservatives to pass laws regulating abortion to test how supportive the new justices will be of precedents such as Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey, which formed the basis for abortion being legal.

I suspect Chuck Schumer has figured that out by now.

Elections have consequences. The Left still can't deal with that reality.

The 2020 presidential election will be the most consequential in our lifetime.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Pro-Active. Be Prayerful.