This morning I have an American Spectator column on Chuck Schumer and his latest outrage, having made clearly-recognizable threats of violence against a pair of Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, over the mere consideration of a case involving a Louisiana law which requires that abortion clinics have doctors on staff with admitting privileges at local hospitals.
Schumer’s dumb statements have generated a massive backlash, so much so that he’s in danger of getting himself censured by the Senate for them.
Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) said Wednesday that he would be introducing a motion to censure Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) for “disgusting, shameful, and frankly, WEAK” comments directed at Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
“I would call on Schumer to apologize, but we all know he has no shame,” Hawley tweeted. “So tomorrow I will introduce a motion to censure Schumer for his pathetic attempt at intimidation.”
Schumer, addressing a crowd of abortion-rights advocates in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, threatened President Trump’s two appointees as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for June Medical Services v. Russo, the first major pro-life case since 2016.
“You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” he said. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
After a deluge of criticism, including a statement from Chief Justice John Roberts on the “dangerous” comments, Schumer held his ground and did not apologize.
“For Justice Roberts to follow the right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation of what Senator Schumer said, while remaining silent when President Trump attacked Justices Sotomayor and Ginsberg last week, shows Justice Roberts does not just call balls and strikes,” a spokesperson for Schumer responded.
But that isn’t the end of it. Louisiana’s Attorney General Jeff Landry, who was in Washington yesterday for the Supreme Court arguments in the June Medical Services case defending that Louisiana law, had this to say about Schumer’s outburst…
“Senator Schumer should immediately apologize to Justice Gorsuch, Justice Kavanaugh, and the entire Supreme Court. Schumer’s threats were dangerous and divisive, something all reasonable people can agree upon. Governor John Bel Edwards should put politics aside and join me in calling for the Senator to apologize.”
Naturally, John Bel Edwards won’t touch Schumer’s statements with a ten foot pole, nor will Louisiana’s mainstream media ask him to. Were the roles reversed and Edwards was a Republican you can imagine he’d have no escape from the conundrum Schumer’s statements would place him in as a pro-life Democrat; Edwards couldn’t win either way.
Landry’s invitation illuminates that problem for Edwards.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea for someone to bring a resolution during the Louisiana legislative session which begins next week demanding an apology from Schumer for his statements. After all, this is a law passed almost unanimously by the Louisiana legislature and authored by a black Democrat, Katrina Jackson, who was formerly in the House and recently elected to the state Senate. And Schumer proceeded to use its existence as the backdrop for threats against Supreme Court Justices which came off a whole lot like, and were perceived as, threats of violence.
Such a resolution would turn up the heat on Edwards to say something, even though he doesn’t play a role in resolutions like he does in bills.
Back in Washington, Sen. John Kennedy also got involved in the Schumer imbroglio. He did a segment with Shannon Bream on Fox News last night, and it was not boring…
The guess is the media will do everything it can to tamp down the furor over Schumer’s statements, but they absolutely touched a nerve among Republicans. After all, heated political rhetoric from Bernie Sanders during the 2016 campaign – the man went around the country calling for a political revolution – played a role in inspiring leftist Bernie Bro loon James Hodgkinson to attempt the assassination of a big chunk of the House Republican caucus on a northern Virginia baseball field, and James O’Keefe supplied video documentation that Hodgkinson wasn’t alone among Sanders supporters with an affinity for violence as a means of solving political disputes. We’ve already seen multiple kinetic examples of that with the Antifa movement Schumer and his pals have been quite muted in disavowing.
And given that our own Steve Scalise has spent the last three years recovering from having taken a bullet from Hodgkinson, this kind of thing especially hits home to people in Louisiana. It’s probably not a good idea for Schumer to make a trip to the Bayou State any time soon lest he were to reap a whirlwind of his own.