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    Sen. Chuck Schumer Threatens U.S. Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh

    Sen. Chuck Schumer Threatens U.S. Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and 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!”

    https://twitter.com/SenSchumer/status/1235280512375312384?s=20

    In a bizarre speech at what appears to be a pro-abortion event, Senate Minority Leader Schumer accused Republicans of “taking away fundamental rights.”

    Schumer then threatened Supreme Court justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh saying, “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!”

    Watch:

    (video also here)

    Seeing as a job on the SCOTUS is a lifetime appointment, I’m not entirely sure what Schumer is threatening, but whatever it is, it’s not good.

    From Schumer’s own account (without the threat):

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    katasuburi | March 4, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    NY Bar Rule 8.4 -Misconduct – Rule(e)(1-2): “A lawyer shall not
    (e) state or imply an ability:
    (1) to influence improperly or upon irrelevant groundsany tribunal, legislative body or public official; or
    (2) to achieve results using means that violate these Rules or other law;”


     
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    CommoChief | March 4, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    When someone communicates what is or may be a threat a prudent response is to take that statement seriously and then evaluate further if the situation permits.

    SEN Schumer states that ‘..you will pay the price! You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions…’.

    SEN Schumer is the Senate minority leader and has been in D.C. long enough for a rational person to conclude that SEN Schumer is aware that every Justice enjoys what is in effect life appointment. The only constitutional recourse would be the possibility of an impeachment in the HoR and an impeachment trial in the Senate.

    Since an impeachment vote in the HoR, not to mention an impeachment trial in the Senate would each be highly publicised they would be events that a Justice would be aware of and not an unknowable or covert process. Therefore the Justice would be able to ‘..see what hit them..’

    SEN Schumer has ruled out impeachment as his meaning by his own choice of language. We are now left with very little option but to ascribe violence to SEN Schumer’s statement. After all if he has eliminated constitutional action by his choice of language how else can we view a statement declaring that ‘…you will pay the price..’ and you won’t know what hit you..’ other than at best an empty rhetorical threat or at worst an actual threat of violence. Either way it isn’t a good look for SEN Schumer.


       
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      Milhouse in reply to CommoChief. | March 4, 2020 at 11:48 pm

      There’s no basis for your assertion. He surely did mean impeachment, and he knows it’s an empty threat. As for them not knowing what hit them, it’s hyperbole.


         
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        CommoChief in reply to Milhouse. | March 5, 2020 at 11:34 am

        Milhouse,

        Clearly we disagree on this one. After analyzing SEN Schumer statement I offered two possible meanings based upon a clear and contextual reading of his statement.

        1. Best case – empty rhetorical threat

        2. Worst case – threat of violence

        As you choose to rephrase 1. Into hyperbole/empty threat it seems you agree with my analysis. Therefore my assertions can’t logically be dismissed since you agree with one of the asserted options derived from that analysis.


     
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    Joe-dallas | March 4, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Statement from Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.:
    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.” 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 dangerous. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.


     
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    Joe-dallas | March 4, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    From Scotus blog – “Ginsburg gets a laugh when she asks Rikelman a friendly question about Craig v. Boren, a 1976 case involving disparate legal drinking ages for young men and women, in which she filed an amicus brief when she was with the ACLU. The decision helps bolster the abortion providers’ third-party standing claim.

    “You made a point about Craig versus Boren, that the ostensible purpose of the law was to save the vulnerable young men from the evils of 3.2 beer?” Ginsburg says.

    “That’s correct, your honor, and the court allowed the saloon keeper to bring the third-party standing claim,” Rikelman says”

    Anyone find it odd that Ginsburg can finding standing when she likes the petitioners position, but not when she dislikes the petitioners position –


     
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    Dantzig93101 | March 4, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Mr. Schumer has exhausted the benefit of the doubt. I defer to Prof. Jacobson on the legal details, but Mr. Schumer must be dealt with appropriately. A legitimate government cannot and must not allow such threats against its highest court.


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