President Donald Trump on Thursday, March 5, reacted to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) fiery remarks on Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, saying it “was a real intimidation.”
“The best you can say is [Schumer is] trying to intimidate so that the justices [rule] their way. That is no good either but that was a physical [threat],” the president told Fox News’ Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum at a Fox News Town Hall in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
“If a Republican did what Schumer did, they would be in jail right now,” he added.
Schumer made the comments directed toward two members of the Supreme Court who are President Trump’s appointees on Wednesday during an abortion rights rally held as the court heard arguments in a high-profile case focusing on an abortion law.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price!” Schumer warned. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Schumer has brought great danger to the steps of the United States Supreme Court!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2020
Following Schumer’s remarks, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts on the same day issued a rare and forceful rebuke to Schumer, calling his threatening remarks “irresponsible” and “dangerous.”
Schumer’s comments sparked outrage from Republicans and pro-life groups. But on Thursday he did not appear to directly apologize, saying that he used the wrong words.
“I should not have used the words I used yesterday. They didn’t come out the way I intended them to,” Schumer said from the floor of the Senate. “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.”
Schumer’s defense did not assuage Republican anger. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), on Thursday introduced a resolution, which was co-sponsored by 14 senators, calling for Schumer to be censured.
“Senator Schumer has acknowledged that threatening statements can increase the dangers of violence against government officials when he stated on June 15, 2017, following the attempted murder of several elected Members of Congress, ‘We would all be wise to reflect on the importance of civility in our [N]ation’s politics’ and that ‘the level of nastiness, vitriol, and hate that has seeped into our politics must be excised,” the resolution reads.
Schumer’s threats to Gorsuch & Kavanaugh is part of pattern of Democrat attacks on the #SupremeCourt. Dems have threatened to pack it; now they’re threatening Justices personally. This is insane. It’s wrong. Schumer should be censured #CensureSchumer #CensureChuck pic.twitter.com/diqvsm031I
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 6, 2020
The president of pro-life abortion industry watchdog group Operation Rescue has also called upon Schumer to resign, saying that his action is “intolerable,” reported the Breitbart News.
“I call on Chuck Schumer to resign. Anyone who can make those kinds of direct and intimidating threats against the nation’s highest court is not fit to serve, and probably belongs behind bars,” Troy Newman said.