Schumer: Roberts is 'demeaning' the Supreme Court

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSunday shows preview: Trump taps acting attorney general to lead Justice Department Pro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems Pelosi: Acting attorney general 'should not be there' 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 McConnellPress: Trumpism takes a thumping The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump says Florida races should be called for GOP | Latest on California wildfires | Congress set for dramatic lame duck Congress braces for high-drama lame duck MORE (R-Ky.) and Republicans blocked Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandTrump, first lady attend special Supreme Court ceremony for Kavanaugh Is Senate supermajority key to Supreme Court nominations? EXIM Bank's fate is tied to the outcome of Senate midterms 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.