Senate Minority Leader and New York Sen. Charles Schumer has had an extremely tough past 24 hours and it is not getting better.
The 69-year-old senator made, what many considered to be, threats against Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, both nominated by President Donald Trump, on Wednesday.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price!” Schumer said.
“You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” he said at a rally for the hosted by the Center for Reproductive Rights.
By Wednesday night Chief Justice John Roberts had excoriated him and there was a hashtag campaign on Twitter calling on him to resign.
Dear @SenSchumer this woman is angry, because you have the audacity to stand before America and act pretentiously as if you speak for ALL women. You should be censured immediately #SchumerResign #SupremeCourt
— Erica (@EricaRN4USA) March 5, 2020
— Gregory Mottola (@gmott57) March 5, 2020
#SchumerResign he must. He is a disgusting political hack!
— Moses Romero (@moe_rulz_inc) March 5, 2020
As a leader in the ruin of blue collar jobs and then BRAGGING how workers will never have fair representation in Congress —> #SchumerResign
— Brook Hines ? joe biden has dementia (@nashville_brook) March 5, 2020
That was followed by Schumer getting pummeled from more heavy hitters, including President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“It’s a disgrace that he was able to say that,” the president said to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday. “That was a terrible thing he said — I was amazed by it.”
Prior to his interview on Wednesday evening the president also tweeted his outrage at the New York senator.
“This is a direct & dangerous threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer. If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action MUST be taken NOW!” he said.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>This is a direct & dangerous threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer. If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action MUST be taken NOW! <a href=”https://t.co/WqQUbyzaJU”>https://t.co/WqQUbyzaJU</a></p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href=”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1235359627082117120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>March 5, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
“There can be few things worse in a civilized, law abiding nation, than a United States Senator openly, and for all to see and hear, threatening the Supreme Court or its Justices.
“This is what Chuck Schumer just did. He must pay a severe price for this!” the president said, calling for action to be taken.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>There can be few things worse in a civilized, law abiding nation, than a United States Senator openly, and for all to see and hear, threatening the Supreme Court or its Justices. This is what Chuck Schumer just did. He must pay a severe price for this!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href=”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1235370217712300038?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>March 5, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell also laced into his colleague in a speech on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.
“’I fully anticipated our colleague would withdraw his comments and apologize,’ McConnell said in his remarks.
“That’s what even reliably liberal legal experts have publicly urged. Instead, our colleague doubled down. Doubled down.
“He tried to gaslight the entire country and stated that he was actually threatening fellow senators. As though that would be much better.
“But that’s a fiction. And then a few hours later the Democratic Leader tripled down,” the Senate Majority Leader said.
Schumer responded by saying he should not have used the words he did, but then defended himself because he is “from Brooklyn.”
“I should not have used the words I used yesterday. They didn’t come out the way I intended to,” the Senate Minority leader said.
“My point was there would be political consequences – political consequence – for president Trump and Senate Republicans,” he said.
That defense makes no sense because he explicitly said “You Gorsuch” and “You Kavanaugh,” referring to two people who cannot face political retribution.
“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,” he insisted.
“I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language. 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,” he said.
Carmine Sabia Jr. is the Editor-At-Large for sabiareport.com and a syndicated columnist for The Federalist Papers, Illicit Info and others covering political news and current events.