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    McConnell Admonishes Schumer’s SCOTUS Threats, Schumer Walks Back Threats… Kind of

    McConnell Admonishes Schumer’s SCOTUS Threats, Schumer Walks Back Threats… Kind of

    “Every time Democrats try to threaten sitting judges, we are reminded exactly—exactly—why the Framers gave them life tenure and salary protection.” and

    Is anyone buying Schumer’s nonpology?

    During a pro-abortion rally, Senate Majority Leader Schumer threatened Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

    When Chief Justice Roberts responded, a Schumer spokesman doubled down, accusing Roberts of colluding with the “right wing.”

    Thursday, McConnell rebuked Schumer’s remarks from the Senate floor. Schumer addressed the chamber after McConnell and claimed he didn’t mean to be quite so harsh and that he was addressing Republican lawmakers and not justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. Also, that he’s from Brooklyn.

    McConnell isn’t buying it:

    And neither do I. Schumer’s spox doubled down on the remarks and lashed out at Chief Justice Roberts, so spare me the “harsh language” nonsense.

    Schumer’s recantation (sort of):

    “Now, I should not have used the words I used yesterday. They didn’t come out the way I intended to. My point was that there would be political consequences, 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.

    Of course I didn’t intend to suggest anything other than political and public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court, and it is a gross distortion to imply otherwise. I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language. I shouldn’t have used the words I did, but in no way was I making a threat. I never, never would do such a thing. And Leader McConnell knows that, and Republicans who are busy manufacturing outrage over these comments know that, too.

    Now, what will remain long after the clamor over my comments dies down is the issue at hand: A woman’s constitutional right to choose and Republican attempts to invalidate it. The fact that my Republican colleagues have worked systematically over the course of decades to install the judicial infrastructure to take down Roe v. Wade and do very real damage to the country and to the American way of life, that is the issue that will remain. And we owe, I owe, an obligation to the women of America to fight for their constitutional rights. I yield the floor.”



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    maxmillion | March 5, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Enough with the hot reacting and pearl-clutching. The bigger and far more important question is did it work? Will it influence any justices, even unconsciously?

    DB523 | March 5, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    ” When Chief Justice Roberts responded, a Schumer spokesman doubled down, accusing Roberts of colluding with the “right wing.” ”

    Therefore, if the SCOTUS decision supports Schumer’s spokesman,
    is the correct response to accuse the Chief Justice of colluding with the “left wing?”

    Sigh… slippery slope Senate Majority Leader Schumer.

    And yes, it was bitter to grant the civility of his title, had to copy & paste.

    OwenKellogg-Engineer | March 5, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    If I recall correctly, in 2002 the Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, wished centarian Senator Strom Thurmond a happy birthday and recognized his presidential campaign of 1948. Mr. Lott later resigned under pressure for 50 year old segregation concerns.

    So the current Senate Minority Leader arguably advocates violence against two SCOTUS judges but gets away with, maybe, “You’re a bad boy, don’t do that again” repremand? Disgusting.


    Milhouse | March 5, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    I’m from Brooklyn too. I can walk to Schumer’s apartment in less than 20 minutes, and to De Blasio’s house in less than 5. And yes, we speak abruptly around here, but we don’t lightly threaten people. Schumer’s words were not acceptable, even by Brooklyn standards.

    walls | March 5, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Chucky … you pack the court, and we’ll pack the heat. Got that?

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