McCarthy: Senate Democrats should reevaluate leadership after Schumer comments

McCarthy: Senate Democrats should reevaluate leadership after Schumer comments
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy to offer bill withholding funds from states that don't protect statues McCarthy calls on Pelosi to condemn 'mob violence' after toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE (R-Calif.) said Thursday that Democrats should question whether they want Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday Top intelligence officials to brief Gang of Eight on Thursday MORE (D-N.Y.) to be the face of their party in the wake of his inflammatory comments that two Supreme Court justices would “pay the price” for votes against abortion rights.

“I don't think you should take this lightly," McCarthy told reporters at a press conference.

"You have the leader of the Democrats in the Senate standing over the Supreme Court, I believe, before the Supreme Court is going to hear a case, threatening two new judges. Threatening them is not mincing his words in any shape or form, being cheered by it,” McCarthy said. 

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“We are so much better than that. I don't care if it was a Republican or Democrat doing it. It is unacceptable and it is a new low," he added. "It's inappropriate. It goes beyond just an apology.”

Schumer’s remarks, made during a rally outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, have sparked a flurry of backlash from Republicans, who argue they could incite violence.

McCarthy on Thursday noted there are actions lawmakers can take beyond censuring Schumer for the comments. He added that members across the aisle should take action to rebuke Schumer's comments if they don’t agree with the Democratic leader's rhetoric or don't want it to reflect on them.

“I think there's other actions that could probably take place," he said. "If they disagree with those actions, then I think something should happen.”

McCarthy also said he doesn't "know if Democrats want to change their leadership over it, but I've heard some talk about it.” 

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McCarthy also argued Schumer’s comments are not comparable to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE's past criticism about judges.

“It's very different," McCarthy said. “[Schumer is] threatening Supreme Court justices when they have the power of confirmation to them on how to make a decision on that case. If you have co-equal branches, that's not a role for him.”

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"I should not have used the words I used yesterday," he said.

"They did not come out the way I intended to. My point was that there would be political consequences, political consequences for President Trump and Senate Republicans if the Supreme Court ... stripped away a women's right to choose," Schumer said.