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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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1RklrwQ448 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkcH3y8UCmM

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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stevewhitemd | March 5, 2020 at 1:03 pm

Okay. Where’s the censure vote? Put every Senator’s vote on the record. Let the Democrats defend this.

I get it that Senator McConnell plays the game as well as anyone can, but I’d go for the throat on this one.

Get a restraining order on Schumer and put an ankle bracelet on him.

2smartforlibs | March 5, 2020 at 1:38 pm

Stop giving the libs a FREE PASS. He didn’t make a physical threat but he was in front of a pack of ZEROS thus pushing Title 18 USC 155 to its limit. RESIGN

    Milhouse in reply to 2smartforlibs. | March 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    How are you going to make him resign? You can’t use the law to punish political speech. And half the country supports him. None of their resistance has yet made Trump resign, has it? So why do you think it would be more effective on Schumer?

      OwenKellogg-Engineer in reply to Milhouse. | March 5, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      The American College of Trial Lawyers issued a statement that reads:

      “While the First Amendment protects the free speech rights of all American citizens, when a prominent and leading member of the legislative branch personally demeans individual members of the judiciary by name and in doing so appears to threaten them if they do not rule in a certain way on a particular issue, the criticisms threaten the balance among our branches of government and in particular the independence of the judiciary. Accordingly, the American College of Trial Lawyers supports the remarks of Chief Justice Roberts following statements by Senator Schumer about certain members of the Court in connection with a case under consideration by the Justices. Senator Schumer surely enjoys the protections of expression afforded all citizens, but he also has a responsibility to allow the rule of law to flourish in our country and to permit our judges to exercise independent judgment in support of the rule of law without undue outside influence or apparent efforts to intimidate.

      The American College of Trial Lawyers believes that attacks on judicial officers when designed to influence their determinations on cases pending before them are an affront to the fundamental principle of judicial independence that cannot be ignored. The College also believes that no public official should interfere in a pending judicial proceeding, take actions or make statements that could reasonably be viewed as intimidating to a judge, or belittle any judge for his/her decision. It is vital that all branches of our government respect the integrity of the judicial process.”

        The American College of Trial Lawyers issued a statement that reads:

        It reads “We really dislike what he said, but we accept that we can’t do anything about it”. And that’s about the sum of it. It’s all very well to say that if Schumer had any decency he’d resign, but if he had any decency he wouldn’t have said it in the first place, and wouldn’t have any reason to resign. The Schumer who said it isn’t going to resign and nobody can make him.

      OwenKellogg-Engineer in reply to Milhouse. | March 5, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      The senator’s despicable attack is part of a concerted effort to delegitimize the court.

        Katy L. Stamper in reply to OwenKellogg-Engineer. | March 5, 2020 at 6:46 pm

        The Court IS ILLEGITIMATE, as are the lower courts.

        Roe v. Wade was bad law.

        Plyler v. Doe was bad law.

        They’re usurping everywhere they wish.

        AND they’re refusing to rein in the usurpers under them. Nationwide injunctions?! What??

        District courts acting as though they are presidents!!! Woooweee.

        Schumer threatened them. That’s over the line. Anything Short of that is fair game.

        Yes. And? How does that help in persuading him to resign?

Missing from the discussion is that he threatened the court for the purpose of changing their decision.

    Milhouse in reply to Petrushka. | March 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Yep. So? It’s protected speech, and he can’t be arrested for it.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Milhouse. | March 5, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      Nope. Speech that threatens violence against others or is used to incite violence is not First Amendment protected speech. Never has been. And never will be. And that’s why Schumer is now desperately trying to walk back his threatening statements. Because he knows he went too far when threatening Kavanaugh and Gorsuch and that he could actually be held accountable for his unacceptable statements.

        Sorry, Lucifer, you’re wrong. Schumer’s speech was neither a threat nor incitement. If you think it was then you need to look up the definitions of those terms. It was absolutely 100% protected speech and the law cannot and should not touch him for it.

        Even if he had openly declared that if they make the wrong decision they would have only themselves to blame if someone hurt them it would still be neither a threat nor incitement, and it would still be protected.

        Remember, “If they put a rifle in my hands the first man I want in my sights is the President” is not a true threat, and is protected speech. Nothing Schumer said came even close to that.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Milhouse. | March 5, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      Nope. Speech that threatens violence against another person or group of people or is used to incite violence against others is not First Amendment protected speech. Never has been nor will it ever be that. And that’s why Chuckles is attempting to walk back his threatening statements. Because he knows he went too far and could actually be held accountable for his speech.

The U S Marshal’s office needs to walk onto the Senate floor and place him under arrest.

    Milhouse in reply to buck61. | March 5, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    They can’t. They can’t even set foot on the senate floor. And if they touch him THEY will go to prison for knowingly violating his first amendment rights.

CNN:
Schumer says he used the wrong words following Supreme Court backlash

MSNBC:
Schumer denies threatening Supreme Court justices, but says, ‘I shouldn’t have used the words I did’

ABC:
Schumer says he regrets comments Chief Justice Roberts called ‘dangerous’ threats

CBS:
McConnell slams Schumer’s comments on Supreme Court justices

McConnell accused Schumer of trying “to gaslight the entire country” by refusing to retract his remarks, and saying that he had not directly threatened Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

Consequences are past due – so start with this POS.

Schumer was calculated in his words the first time. He was playing to the sickest people in the nation.

He should be forced out of office. If he’s not, we’ll be stuck with the violence he’s incited.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to TheFineReport.com. | March 5, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Hear Hear!

    RE: Schumer “…should be forced out of office…”

    Petitions would be a start and would make more citizens aware of this issue.

    Forced how? If petitions and moral outrage were enough Trump would have been gone ten minutes after his inauguration! These things can only have an effect on those who care about them; neither Trump nor Schumer do.

      How’d did al franken get ‘forced out’?

      Make someone enough of a liability, they’re gone.

      We can’t let up on schumer now, not for a second. He crossed the line.

        Franken was forced out by his own colleagues, who were worried that if they didn’t do that they’d lose support on their left. If it had only been Republicans who were outraged by his behavior his colleagues wouldn’t have cared about it, and he would not have resigned. For that matter, if the Franken expose had happened a year earlier or a year later he would not have resigned; it was a product of the moment.

Today we’re back to “Everybody’s going to die of the virus”. By Saturday nobody will even remember Schumer.

Comanche Voter | March 5, 2020 at 2:20 pm

Oh I don’t know txvet2. I’ll remember the sleazebag from New York long enough to say “Chuck You” Schumer. He’s just Pelosi in pants.

Wow, McConnell read Schumer’s words into the congressional record!

It’s just like someone in a cinema shouting to people standing in front of them to sit down!

Once again McConnell shows his mettle!

Dantzig93101 | March 5, 2020 at 2:27 pm

Even after watching everyone from Clinton to Brennan go scot free, I’m still astonished that Schumer hasn’t been arrested already. If this is allowed, then what is forbidden?

I will say this again. As the Progressive left continues to lose, on their agenda, they will resort more and more to physical violence. And, where the leadership of the Dems used to pretend that they opposed such tactics. Now, they are advocating such tactics, in not so subtle language. Perhaps the Progressives should pay attention to the old SDS slogan, “You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows”. The times, they are achangin’ and the Progressives will do whatever they have to to maintain their power.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Mac45. | March 5, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    This is enough to make a citizen believe that Democrats would kill JFK even…..well maybe some Democrats……..

    CorkyAgain in reply to Mac45. | March 6, 2020 at 1:15 am

    Yep. If a Republican said what he did, the Dems would call it an obvious “dog whistle”.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 5, 2020 at 2:38 pm

FYI

McConnell, Schumer trade jabs after Schumer unloads on Gorsuch, Kavanaugh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn0MVLtpWaY

Interesting Comments There.

BW: “Sorry Sen. McConnell, apology is not enough. You yourself said his statement could lead to threats against the Justices, or worse. This type of behavior cannot be condoned with a “finger-slap’ and an “I’m sorry.” You have the opportunity to put Chuck Schumer in his place. The Dems have run “rough-shod” over our country long enough.”

LL: “The dems are losing it. Why cant they just move on and do their jobs. Such horrible people. Trump 2020!!!!”

SD: “Apologize! ARE YOU KIDDING. MR. SCHUMER YOUR FIRED AND WITHOUT ANY FINANCIAL OR CONTINUING HEALTHCARE BENEFITS.”

KM: “Schumer should be held accountable for what he said, and their should be servere punishment for this type of behavior, and should be removed from Congress immediately!”

MF: “No apology needed, he meant it. GET RID OF HIM, NOW.”

BR: “The dems are losing their minds and cant stand they are losing in every way because the country is waking up to their bs.”

Mark Michael | March 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Unfortunately, some SCOTUS justices are influenced by pressure from congressional types, sad to say. They should vote/rule strictly on the basis of the pertinent law, U.S. Constitution (if it’s applicable to the case before them), or the relevant state constitution, not on political pressure, how PC it is, etc.

What comes to mind is C. J. Roberts voting in favor of ObamaCare when its constitutionality was challenged before the SCOTUS. The scuttlebutt was that he felt it was unconstitutional and planned to vote that way, but then he switched his vote at the last day because he wanted to defer to the legislative and executive branch.

    Milhouse in reply to Mark Michael. | March 5, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    “The scuttlebutt” bears absolutely no relationship to reality, because the nobody who drinks at that scuttlebutt is in a position to know. It could be accidentally on the mark, but it could just as easily be 180° off.

Oy, what a coward.

Is Schumer claiming that’s a Brooklyn thing?

SeekingRationalThought | March 5, 2020 at 4:05 pm

What he actually said was “I’m from Brooklyn and we are stupid and so are you.” Sorry Brooklyn, you voted for this piece of garbage.

Subotai Bahadur | March 5, 2020 at 4:14 pm

The key thing to consider is what is the reaction after the Left commits physical violence against Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. Which they likely will do. The Democrats will of course deny that what they openly called for has any bearing on what happened.

If the law no longer binds one side of a political dispute, it really cannot be said to bind the other. And at that point things get . . . interesting in the Chinese sense.

Subotai Bahadur

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | March 5, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    “……may you live in interesting times…….”

    Milhouse in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | March 5, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    The law has nothing to say about it. Legally any violence that results is on the perpetrators, not on the politicians whose rhetoric motivated them. The first amendment protects robust political debate. It doesn’t protect actual incitement, or “true threats”, but Schumer’s words were neither.

      Katy L. Stamper in reply to Milhouse. | March 5, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      I absolutely LOATHE having to agree with Milhouse on ANYTHING.

      Nonetheless, he got one lousy upvote from me.

ugottabekiddinme | March 5, 2020 at 4:20 pm

Glad he read Schumer’s threats into the Congressional Record, but will Leader McConnell follow through and bring Sen. Hawley’s motion for censure of Schumer to a vote?

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?

” 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.

#RememberTrentLott
#SchumerMustResign
#Schumanations

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.

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

We should make him have sex with rashida. Make the punishment fit the crimes in both cases. A twofer so to speak.

As usual, the Dems apply different rules to their comrades than they do to their opponents.

Dems are always excused for intemperate speech, Republicans never. And Dems never forget a Republican’s sin, no matter how abject the apology.

Come to think of it, my ex is a Dem. 😛

The thing that I can’t understand is this: The continued uproar about a SCOTUS ruling 47 years ago that has NEVER been codified into law. Democrats have controlled both chambers of Congress and the Presidency at the same time, multiple times, since that ruling and have never passed a bill making this the “law of the land” as they frequently claim. Why?

    Milhouse in reply to Pete. | March 6, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Because the supreme court has said it’s already the law of the land, and can’t be changed by any statute. And if it weren’t, Congress would not have the power to pass such a law.

BiteYourTongue | March 6, 2020 at 10:27 am

Schumer is a liar, the Democrats have been playing Judges for decades to get what they want, even to the detriment of we the people. McConnell, anticipated Schume’s arguments, and tore them apart. The KKK is still strong in the Democrat party. They just traded white hoods, for black masks.

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