Sorry, Charlie: Your excuse for threatening Supreme Court justices doesn’t cut it.
New York’s own Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, tried Thursday to walk back the direct threats he made to Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — but he only dug the hole deeper.
“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,” he huffed at a pro-abortion rally Wednesday. His goal: To intimidate the court to nix a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
That’s an outrageous threat.
Schumer now claims he misspoke. Despite his crystal-clear words, he says, he wasn’t vowing “violence” against the jurists — but “political consequences” for President Trump and Senate Republicans if the court backed the Louisiana law.
Please. Schumer well knows the difference between justices, whom he called out by name, and the president and senators. Nor did he offer the men an apology.
Then again, none of the Democrats who last year seized on a soon-retracted New York Times account of a new smear against Kavanaugh to demand his impeachment has apologized yet, either.
The ugly fact is that Schumer’s threat — condemned even by super-liberal Harvard Law prof Laurence Tribe — is of a piece with how Democrats have been crossing the line to intimidate or influence the Supremes for decades now.
It’s worst at confirmation hearings, where the left now routinely engages in rank character assassination. But top Democrats also now warn that the “wrong” decision would delegitimize the high court itself. And President Barack Obama even once used the State of the Union address to baldly misrepresent a ruling.
And, no: President Trump’s call for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor to recuse themselves in cases involving him, though also perhaps uncalled for, doesn’t come close to these outrages.
Schumer needs to quit the damage control and offer a true apology.
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