Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts jumped all over Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer today after he made some troubling comments. The Democratic Senator from New York speaking of conservative Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
This coming as the court hears a pivotal abortion case, June Medical Services v. Russo. Which questions the ability of states to regulate abortion as it regulates other outpatient procedures.
“This morning, Senator Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside,” Roberts told via press release.
“Senator Schumer referred to two Members of the Court by name and said he wanted to tell them that ‘You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,’” he added.
And further, “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.”
Then stated, “All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”
That follows highly dangerous remarks by Sen. Schumer, which many perceived as an explicit threat.
“Republican legislatures are waging a war on women, all women, and they’re taking away fundamental rights,” he announced. “I want to tell you Gorsuch, 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.”
Democrat Jonathan Turley, Constitutional Law Professor at George Washington University, also slammed Schumer. “Schumer’s threat to the Court that ‘you will pay the price’ is a direct attack on the integrity of our courts,” he posted on Twitter. “I criticized Trump for his reckless comments about the courts. Where is the chorus of condemnation of Schumer? Schumer sounded more like a stalker than a statesman.”
“Women deserve this very basic care and respect,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life. “Abortion shouldn’t be given a pass on health regulations and oversight.”
Roberts typically won’t jump into the fray but here is clearly justified.