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Schumer: Roberts is ‘demeaning’ the Supreme Court

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (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.”

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“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 McConnell (R-Ky.) and Republicans blocked Merrick Garland, 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. 

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