Roberts Chides Schumer For ‘Dangerous’ Remarks On 2 Justices

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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, Chief Justice John Roberts arrives for the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Roberts, lately a fixture at the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, is expected to be among four Supreme Court justices at House of Representatives Tuesday evening for the president’s State of the Union speech. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Çhief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday criticized as “inappropriate” and “dangerous” comments that Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer made outside the Supreme Court earlier in the day about Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Roberts was responding to Schumer’s remarks at a rally outside the court while a high-profile abortion case was being argued inside. “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,” Schumer said, naming the two appointees of President Donald Trump, according to video of the rally available online.

In a statement, Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman criticized Roberts, saying that “to follow the right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation of what Sen. Schumer said” shows the chief justice “does not just call balls and strikes.”

Goodman said 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.”

He noted that the chief justice remained quiet in recent weeks when Trump questioned the impartiality of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

Trump himself weighed in on Schumer’s comments later Wednesday, tweeting: “If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action MUST be taken NOW!”

Roberts, who in 2018 rebuked Trump for the president’s criticism of an “Obama judge,” had jumped to his colleagues’ defense after Schumer’s remarks. “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,” Roberts said in a statement.

The justices are currently weighing a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. A federal judge found that just one of Louisiana’s three abortion clinics would remain open if the law is allowed to take effect.

Roberts is expected to be the deciding vote.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. And then Liberals like Schumer and Schiff claim it’s the Republicans who are evil and mean and who incite violence. When Maxine Waters incites her kind to go out and attack Republicans when they eat out with their families in restaurants and the complicit media covers for her and encourages such behavior, it only follows that this lowlife dog, Chuck Schumer, would also incite violence. The little pipsqueak coward, Jeff Sessions, allowed the Democrats from the moment President Trump stepped into office, to push the majority Republicans around and did nothing about it, only encouraged others to beat up and bully the hapless Rinos. The entire Russian collusion hoax and the quid pro quo hoax that followed, was all because of the little floppy ears Sessions who was too busy playing cards, to man up and do the job the taxpayers were paying him to do. What ever happened to the CIVILITY that Hillary Clinton promised the Democrats would act with??? If this exact same thing happened under the Obama administration and a Republican Senator would of said these exact words regarding Kagan and Sotomayor, Eric Holder would of come down with an iron fist and the Republican would be forced to resign. The media would of hounded his family non-stop until a member would of committed “suicide”.

    • The problem, in a nutshell, is that most politicians are too afraid of public opinion (or, nowadays, of a simulacrum of it, such as on Twitter, which is not at all representative of the general population). So if they were to take a stand and get these traitors to face the consequences, there would immediately be cries of “fascism” and “dictatorship” and so forth. It’s a rare person who, like Trump, can take that sort of thing in stride and cram such accusations back down their throats (and even he seems to be wary of going too far), but to transplant a spine into the rest of the Republican party is probably something that will take a miracle from Hashem.

  2. Chunky Schmucky the fascist treasonous Senate minority leader trying to intimidate Justices to vote his way, he should be censored if not expelled from the Senate for this.

    • You see on this website every crude nonsense appears on screen. You of course don’t know that he is an elected official and unless breach of oath cannot be expelled. Your grober lewd kop does no know that

      • If threatening a SCOTUS is not a breach of oath than what is? But you being a typical deranged leftist supporter of the increasingly fascistic democrats because you hate President Trump so much will continue to support the democrats as they continue to support Jew haters.

  3. Why isn’t he being denounced for judicial interference. Like they tried unsuccessfully with trump
    But this New York fool was caught on tape threatening then with impeachment for voting their minds and constitutional law

  4. i was on the side of shumer and pelosi on the impeachment story.
    but was shumer said today is totally unacceptable. he should either apologize, or quit.

    • Exactly. Trent Lott was forced to resign when he cracked a silly joke at Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party. Only Republicans have to resign and disappear from public view. NEVER a democrat, NEVER.

  5. Lest anyone compare this to Trumps comment 8 days ago about Sonyamour its a poor analysis and fake news. Trump never ever threatened any judge he simply said she is impartial. That may be unproper but when it reach the level of threating a judges well being that’s over the red line. So before you guys on a super hyper tantrum think a little

  6. Why is Senator Bob Casey from Pennsylvania quiet after what Chuck Schumer said? Casey has no problem with inciting violence against people you disagree with? Casey is okay with threatening judges? Has Casey become a mindless robot walking in total lockstep with what the DNC commands him to say and do? Has Casey now changed his mind, and believes that it is meritorious to murder babies?

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