At his remarks on the Senate floor on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (AKA Cocaine Mitch) reacted to his Democratic counterpart's outrageous threats against Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Chuck Schumer warned the pair of justices, who were appointed by President Trump, to consider the consequences if they vote the wrong way in a new abortion case that will come before the high court.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch," Schumer said on Wednesday at a Planned Parenthood rally outside the Supreme Court. "I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
According to Schumer's communications team, his remarks were in reference "to the political price Republicans will pay for putting them on the court and a warning that the justices will unleash major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision."
McConnell had zero patience for Schumer or his press team's spin.
"It was going to be a proud day for the Senate," McConnell said on the Senate floor on Thursday. "But instead, the eyes of the nation are on this body for an entirely different reason."
"Most striking of all, are the shameless efforts to bully our nation's independent judiciary," McConnell continued. "Yesterday those efforts took a dangerous and disturbing turn."
He was "sorry" to have to read Schumer's words into the congressional record.
On the Senate floor, @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell calls out @SenSchumer for his attacks on Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh: "The minority leader of the United States Senate threatened two associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, period." pic.twitter.com/8UpSLNk0x1— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 5, 2020
"There is nothing to call this except a threat," he said. "Contrary to what Schumer has claimed, he clearly was not addressing Republican lawmakers. He literally directed the statement to the justices, by name."
"His comments were astonishingly reckless," McConnell concluded.
The case before the court, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, which we reported on on Wednesday, involves a Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges to local hospitals. Abortion proponents argue that it's too strict, while pro-life activists call it common sense.
President Trump said Schumer must pay a price for his threats.
There can be few things worse in a civilized, law abiding nation, than a United States Senator openly, and for all to see and hear, threatening the Supreme Court or its Justices. This is what Chuck Schumer just did. He must pay a severe price for this!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2020