WASHINGTON, DC- When Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) condemned Donald Trump for inciting violence at the Capitol last month, perhaps he should have taken a moment to recall history. Flashback to March, when Schumer incited a mob and threatened two associate justices outside the Supreme Court.
— Sixth Sense (@6Sense_Esport) January 8, 2021
After the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Schumer released a statement saying:
“This mob was in good part President Trump’s doing, incited by his words, his lies. This violence, in good part his responsibility, his ever-lasting shame.”
History and an upcoming impeachment trial will decide if he was right about Trump’s words. However, history has a way of standing back and recording events in perspective, and history might just take a closer look at March 4 when Schumer incited a mob outside the Supreme Court.
Schumer threatens Gorsuch and Kavanaugh by name in speech outside Supreme Court: "You won't know what hit you…" https://t.co/vUmvNGImeX
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) March 4, 2020
Speaking to a rowdy crowd of abortion rights supporters near the steps of the Supreme Court, Schumer threatened the justices who were deciding a controversial Louisiana abortion case. Schumer told the mob that Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh would “pay the price” if they did not rule the way he wanted:
“We know what’s at stake. Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history. From Louisiana, to Missouri, to Texas, Republican legislatures are waging a war on women, all women, and they’re taking away fundamental rights.
“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 leader Chuck Schumer outside the Supreme Court:
“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"pic.twitter.com/fVvM61Te9C
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) March 4, 2020
At the time of Schumer’s threats, the court was deciding whether Louisiana’s tough new abortion restrictions violated the Constitution. Ultimately, the new law was struck down by the court. Abortion rights advocates had been concerned that the two conservative justices added to the bench by Donald Trump would tilt the court to the right.
BREAKING: In extraordinary statement, Chief Justice Roberts admonishes Senate Minority Leader Schumer over Schumer's comments outside the US Supreme Court. https://t.co/QQO3DxZQSP
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 4, 2020
Schumer’s incitement of the mob at the doors of the Supreme Court triggered a rare response from Chief Justice John Roberts, who said his words were “inappropriate” and “dangerous”:
“This morning, Sen. Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside. Sen. 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.’
“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.”
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Initially, Schumer tried to backtrack on his comments by having his spokesman claim his remarks were referring to a political price Republicans would pay “for putting them (Kavanaugh and Gorsuch) on the court. His spokesman added:
“Justices will unleash (a) major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision.”
#WATCH: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasts Sen. Chuck Schumer over his comments directed at Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch & Kavanaugh regarding landmark abortion cases:
“We will never let the Minority Leader’s dangerous views become policy.” pic.twitter.com/uViLi5MgrS
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) March 5, 2020
Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) did not accept the spokesman’s excuse, blasting Schumer on the floor of the Senate:
“Most striking of all have been the shameless efforts to bully our nation’s independent judiciary. Yesterday those efforts took a dangerous and disturbing turn.
“There is nothing to call this but a threat, and there is absolutely no question to whom it was directed. Contrary to what the Democratic leader has since tried to claim, he was not addressing Republican lawmakers or anyone else.”
— Robert Howse (@beartrap40) March 6, 2020
The following day, Schumer took to the Senate floor himself to say that he regretted his words at the rally, but took a shot across the aisle at his Republican colleague:
“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, and Leader McConnell knows that. And Republicans who were busy manufacturing outrage over these comments know that, too.
“I should not have used the words I used yesterday — they didn’t come out the way I intended to. My point was there would be political consequences — political consequences,” Schumer said. “Of course, I didn’t intend to suggest anything other than political and public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court, and it is a gross distortion to imply otherwise. I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language.”
McConnell: If THREATENS TO BRING BIG HURT TO TWO SUPREME COURT JUSTICES Schumer’s Apology ‘Was an Apology, It Wasn’t Much of an Apology’ https:// DENEGRATES BROOKLYN https://t.co/ld2ugrQXtW
— mhdude1 (@Mhdude1Mhdude1) March 6, 2020
McConnell did not accept Schumer’s explanation, and again spoke out against him:
“Now, if that was an apology, it wasn’t much of an apology. He named the justices by name. He used words that generally are associated with inciting violence. Chuck Schumer ought to know better than that. He didn’t just show up yesterday.
“There is nothing to call this except a threat…shameless efforts to bully our nation’s independent judiciary. The minority leader of the United States Senate threatened two associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. There’s no other way to interpret that.”
What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by President Trump.
This president must not hold office one day longer.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 7, 2021
Fast forward to January 6 and Schumer’s excuse that New Yorkers “speak in strong language” was no longer a valid excuse for inciting a mob. After former New Yorker Donald Trump’s speech in front of a crowd of pro-Trump supporters, which was followed by an attack on the United States Capitol, Schumer issued a statement saying:
“Make no mistake, make no mistake, my friends, today’s events did not happen spontaneously. The president, who promoted conspiracy theories and motivated these thugs, the president who exhorted them to come to our nation’s capital, egged them on – he hardly ever discourages violence and more often encourages it – this president bears a great deal of the blame.
“This mob was in good part President Trump’s doing, incited by his words, his lies. This violence, in good part his responsibility, his ever-lasting shame. Today’s events certainly — certainly — would not have happened without him. Now, Jan. 6 will go down as one of the darkest days in recent American history.”
History, not Schumer, shall decide who suffers “everlasting shame.”
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