Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the “ironic silver lining” in Sen. Chuck Schumer’s threats to Supreme Court justices is that it exposed Democrats once again.
The Kentucky Republican leveled a scathing rebuke of his Senate colleague on Thursday for his “astonishingly reckless and completely irresponsible” remarks during a pro-abortion rally in which he targeted conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
“I would suggest that my Democratic colleagues spend less time trying to threaten impartial judges and more time coming up with ideas that are actually constitutional”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 5, 2020
“I would suggest that my Democratic colleagues spend less time trying to threaten impartial judges and more time coming up with ideas that are actually constitutional,” McConnell said in a lengthy speech on the Senate floor Thursday.
McConnell went on to note how Democrats are ultimately shooting themselves in the foot with their tactics.
“These clumsy efforts to erode a pillar in American governance have just reminded everyone why that pillar is so crucial,” he continued.
“No matter the intentions, words carrying the apparent threat of violence can have horrific, unintended consequences,” he said, rebuking Schumer who “tripled down” on his words rather than take to heart a “sober and appropriate statement” from Chief Justice John Roberts.
More of McConnell’s statement can be watched below:
Schumer addressed a pro-choice crowd in a speech Wednesday, warning the Justices against taking away “fundamental rights” on abortion as the high court heard a Louisiana case on restricting abortion.
“I want to tell you Gorsuch, and 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,” Schumer shouted, earning a rare public rebuke from Roberts who called them out as “dangerous” and “threatening statements.”
President Donald Trump also blasted the Senate Minority Leader and demanded “serious action” be taken after his threat to the Supreme Court Justices.
“The United States Senator threatened the Supreme Court justices. Period. There’s no other way to interpret that,” McConnell said to his Senate colleagues, accusing Schumer of trying to “incite violence on the steps of the Supreme Court.”
“Sadly, this attack was not some isolated incident, the left-wing campaign against the federal judiciary did not begin yesterday,” he added, as he recounted a past threat from Democratic Senators.
“As long as this majority holds the gavel, we will never let the Minority Leader’s dangerous views become policy,” McConnell said. “This majority will ensure that the only casualties of this recklessness are the reputations of those who engage it.”
Schumer came to his own defense following McConnell’s blistering rebuke, excusing his behavior on his New York background but condemning Republicans for “manufacturing outrage” over what was never meant to be a threat.
Schumer: 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..manufacturing outrage over these comments know that too.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 5, 2020
“I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language,” he said.
….Except you did threaten Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. It’s on video. pic.twitter.com/FWjmtOW4cg
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 5, 2020
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