GOP senator to try to censure Schumer over SCOTUS remark

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyExpanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support GOP deeply divided over Trump's social media crackdown Trump's social media executive order is a huge opportunity MORE (R-Mo.) said on Wednesday night that he will try to censure Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFederal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in VA hospitals mostly drop hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment MORE (D-N.Y.) after remarks made toward Supreme Court Justices Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court denies California church's challenge to state restrictions Supreme Court denies Illinois churches' request for action after state eases restrictions Federal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members MORE and Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchSupreme Court denies California church's challenge to state restrictions Speculation swirls about next Supreme Court vacancy Supreme Court denies Trump officials' effort to block order on moving at-risk inmates MORE.

The Democratic leader earlier in the day warned that the two conservative justices would "pay the price" if they voted against abortion rights.

"I would call on Schumer to apologize, but we all know he has no shame," Hawley tweeted. "So tomorrow I will introduce a motion to censure Schumer for his pathetic attempt at intimidation of #SupremeCourt."


He also called Schumer's comment "disgusting, shameful, and frankly, WEAK."

Hawley will likely face an uphill climb to successfully censure Schumer; the Senate has only censured nine members since 1789, according to the Senate Historical Office.

But Schumer sparked fierce criticism from President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE and GOP lawmakers over comments he made while addressing a crowd outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday.


“I want to tell you, Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch, you have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer said. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Justices heard arguments Wednesday on a Louisiana abortion law that could see the court revisit the protections that emerged in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

Schumer's comment drew a public rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts, who said in a rare statement that “threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous."

However, Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer, countered that Roberts was following the "right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation of what Sen. Schumer said."

“Sen. Schumer’s comments were a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court, and a warning that the justices will unleash a major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision," Goodman added.

A spokesman for Schumer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the censure.