(RightWing.org) – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is facing a growing backlash over hostile comments directed at two Supreme Court justices. Despite issuing an apology Thursday, Schumer’s under fire from multiple figures in Congress and the administration.
Adding to the embarrassment, it’s been pointed out that last month he was the one criticizing the president for being disrespectful to the judiciary.
When Senator Chuck Schumer addressed a pro-abortion rally in front of the Supreme Court last Wednesday, he let his emotions get the better of him and named two justices in terms that many say were threatening.
- Addressing Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kananaugh – both of whom were appointed by President Trump – Schumer ranted, “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.”
- It didn’t take long for criticism to start. Chief Justice John Roberts lashed out in an unusual criticism of the legislative branch, saying that Schumer’s words were threatening, inappropriate and dangerous.
- On Thursday, Schumer tried to calm the situation down, saying he never intended to threaten the justices and his words had come out the wrong way because of his state of mind. He argued that “I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language,” but admitted that he shouldn’t have used the words he did.
- However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reacted dismissively, saying he and his colleagues weren’t satisfied with the “apology.” Talking to Fox News, McConnell said congressional leaders owe it to the American people to act like adults.
- George Conway, husband of presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, also dismissed the apology, saying it “isn’t enough.”
One of the bad things about bad behavior by politicians (particularly by Donald Trump, because he’s president, but by others as well) is that it not only can encourage bad behavior by politicians of all ideological stripes but also can be cited to justify it. https://t.co/QGQGPRFniY
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 5, 2020
- Ironically, last month Schumer complained on the floor of the Senate when President Trump asked two liberal justices to recuse themselves from any cases involving him after comments they’d made brought their impartiality into question. Talk about double standards.
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