The Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), threatened two Supreme Court Justices this week.
Read that again: the Senate Minority Leader threatened two Supreme Court Justices.Speaking at a pro-abortion rally, a fired up Schumer talked about a case coming to the Supreme Court and called out two Justices. “I want to tell you, (Neil) Gorsuch. I want to tell you, (Brett) 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.”
One would expect this type of threat in a banana republic, or some far away dictatorship. But this was from an elected leader in the Senate.
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts on Wednesday issued a highly unusual and forceful rebuke to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calling his remarks “irresponsible” and “dangerous”.
Roberts continued: “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. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”
The surprising thing is that, rather than realize that he went too far, Schumer’s office immediately criticized Roberts. They didn’t see anything wrong with Schumer threatening the justices, but they did have a problem with the Chief Justice defending the independence of the Supreme Court from political influence, and in this case threats.
This really IS dangerous! We need to realize that the courts are there to interpret laws. They are not there to make laws and they should not be involved in politics. Nor should politicians try to use threats and intimidation to get their way. In any free society, the courts are independent and free from politicians telling them what to do. We MUST keep it that way.
We need the appropriate agencies need to consider whether Schumer’s threats deserve further action—is threatening a public official a crime? Does he deserve punishment by Congress? Thinking Man isn’t in a position to decide, but certainly these things need to stop and have consequences. And, yes, that goes for President Trump’s remarks questioning the integrity of certain judges. But certainly it goes for Schumer who directly threatened two Supreme Court justices!
Our democracy and freedoms are in danger when this happens, and then is defended as being ok