Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., announced plans to introduce a motion to censure Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for threatening two Supreme Court justices.
“Now Chuck Schumer is threatening Supreme Court justices personally, to the point of implying their physical safety is endangered. Disgusting, shameful, and frankly, WEAK,” Hawley tweeted. “I would call on Schumer to apologize, but we all know he has no shame. So tomorrow I will introduce a motion to censure Schumer for his pathetic attempt at intimidation of [the] Supreme Court.”
I would call on Schumer to apologize, but we all know he has no shame. So tomorrow I will introduce a motion to censure Schumer for his pathetic attempt at intimidation of #SupremeCourt
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 5, 2020
Hawley’s announcement to censure the Senate minority leader came after Schumer said Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch would “pay the price” for voting against a pro-abortion case.
“I want to tell you, Gorusch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have unleashed the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” Schumer said to a group of abortion supporters outside the Supreme Court.
Reporters should be asking every Senate Democrat:
Do you agree with your leader threatening Supreme Court Justices?
“I want to tell you Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch: You have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price!” – Chuck Schumer pic.twitter.com/jyAgpE9HVv
— Michael Ahrens (@michaelahrens) March 4, 2020
Hawley is not alone in his condemnation of Schumer’s statement. He is joined by fellow Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
“The Democratic Party is so radicalized on abortion politics that today Chuck Schumer threatened Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh if they didn’t strike down a simple, common-sense, pro-woman law that simply says that abortion doctors need to have admission privileges at a local hospital,” Sasse said. “Think about this: If a Republican threatened Justice Sotomayor or Justice Ginsburg, it would be the biggest story not just in Washington but all across America. But Chuck Schumer’s bully tactics aren’t getting much air time right now because there’s so many people in bed with his defense of abortion and his attack on an independent judiciary. These bullying tactics need to stop.”
Chief Justice John Roberts condemned the statements as well, categorizing them as “inappropriate” and “dangerous.”
“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 wrote.
BREAKING from Chief Justice Roberts: pic.twitter.com/qO5PuHgLjr
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) March 4, 2020
“All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter,” Roberts concluded.