Schumer: Roberts is 'demeaning' the Supreme Court

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans Rep. Massie threatens to block next relief bill, calls for remote voting Democratic senators call for funding for local media in coronavirus stimulus MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted Chief Justice John Roberts, arguing he was "demeaning" the Supreme Court, which he warned was becoming increasingly political.

"Anyone watching the bench at the moment ought to be shaking their heads at the political polarization of the court," Schumer said from the Senate floor.

Schumer pointed to the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of anti-abortion clinics in California, saying it was an example of Roberts "demeaning the Court."


"The Roberts court has affirmed a plainly discriminatory travel ban, unleashed a flood of dark unlimited money in our politics and has scrapped a key pillar of the Voting Rights Act. All goals of the hard right, all that have little to do with the Constitution or reading the law, all making America a more polarized, economically divided country," Schumer added.

Schumer's comments came after the Supreme Court dealt another blow to Democrats on Wednesday when it ruled that public-sector unions for state and local employees can’t force nonmembers to pay a “fair-share” union fee.

Schumer called the decision an example of a "coordinated political campaign by deep-pocketed conservative interests to influence the bench, all the way up to the Supreme Court."

Democrats have blasted the recent string of Supreme Court rulings. The results have been particularly bitter to Democratic senators because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell to try to pass small business funds Thursday, warns against holding it 'hostage' Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE (R-Ky.) and Republicans blocked Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDC wine bar loses appeal in lawsuit against Trump hotel Mitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate The Trumpification of the federal courts MORE, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, from getting a vote in 2016.

Schumer on Wednesday appealed to Democrats to turn out in November if they disagree with the Supreme Court decisions.

"Opponents of these decisions and the president's policy should focus on the Supreme Court whose thin majority will once again hang in the balance this November," he said.