GOP senator to try to censure Schumer over SCOTUS remark

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTrump announces intention to nominate two individuals to serve as FEC members Murkowski predicts Barrett won't overturn Roe v. Wade Infrastructure, energy investments urgently needed to create U.S. jobs MORE (R-Mo.) said on Wednesday night that he will try to censure Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' MORE (D-N.Y.) after remarks made toward Supreme Court Justices Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughVermont secretary of State says Kavanaugh's correction still unsatisfactory Kavanaugh corrects opinion in voting case following Vermont official's objection The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states MORE and Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchChief Justice Roberts is right on election decisions — except when he's wrong How recent Supreme Court rulings will impact three battleground states Supreme Court rejects second GOP effort to block mail-ballot extension in North Carolina 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 TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden 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.