Chuck Schumer Should Be Censured or Expelled [OPINION]
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has completely lost his mind. Schumer, while speaking at a pro-abortion rally in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, actually threatened two justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Schumer's threat was aimed at Trump appointees, Associate Justices Neal Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, while a case was being argued inside the Supreme Court and in advance of an upcoming case, the first major abortion case since Gorsuch and Kavanaugh joined the bench. The case deals with restrictions over who can perform abortions.
During Wednesday's rally, Schumer said, "I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price!" Schumer then warned, "You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions."
What the hell is that?
Schumer's threat drew an immediate response from Chief Justice John Roberts.
"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. "All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter."
Senator Schumer is way out of line and perhaps needs to be interviewed by members of the Secret Service to answer a few questions about exactly what he meant by "you won't know what hit you."
This type of behavior is completely unacceptable by any sitting member of the United States Senate, nevermind the Minority Leader. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should condemn Schumer's behavior, as should all members of the U.S. Senate on both sides of the aisle. Schumer deserves to be censured by his colleagues if not expelled from the Senate altogether.
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