McConnell to rip Schumer over remarks that justices would ‘pay the price’ on abortion

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to rip Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) Thursday over his remarks that two Supreme Court justices would “pay the price” on abortion.

McConnell will denounce Schumer and his comments on the Senate floor, alleging the minority leader threatened Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

“Contrary to what the Democratic leader has tried to claim, he very clearly was not addressing Republican lawmakers or anybody else,” McConnell plans to say, his office confirmed. “He literally directed the statement to the justices, by name.”

“The minority leader of the United States Senate threatened two associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Period,” the top Senate Republican will add.

Politico first reported the developments early Thursday.

Schumer told the two Trump-appointed conservative justices on Wednesday that they “will pay the price” for “awful decisions” if they vote to approve a Louisiana abortion law that could prompt the court to reconsider the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized the procedure. The justices began hearing opening arguments for the case 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 to a crowd in front of the Supreme Court. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

“The bottom line is very simple: we will stand with the American people,” he then said during his remarks. “We will stand with American women. We will tell President Trump and Senate Republicans who have stacked the court with right-wing ideologues that you’re going to be gone in November and you will never be able to do what you’re trying to do now, ever, ever again.”

Chief Justice John Roberts criticized Schumer for his remarks, calling them “threatening statements,” “inappropriate” and “dangerous.”

President Trump also weighed in on Twitter, saying “Serious action MUST be taken NOW!” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) called for a censure on the minority leader.

Schumer’s office attempted to clarify his comments, saying that Senate Republicans would “pay the political price” for putting the justices on the court, with spokesman Justin Goodman saying that Roberts followed “the right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation” of Schumer’s remarks. 

Updated at 7:33 a.m.

Tags Abortion Brett Kavanaugh Chuck Schumer Donald Trump Josh Hawley Mitch McConnell Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court Supreme Court of the United States

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