Democrats are now openly and repeatedly threatening the justices on the Supreme Court. Since President Donald Trump was elected they have been attacking the court in an effort to challenge cases that impact liberal causes.
Trump’s appointments of right-leaning justices since taking office in 2017 have tipped the scales against them. Numerous adverse rulings have stymied or put an end to their overreaching on gun rights, immigration, abortion and executive privilege.
Democratic Minority Senate Leader Chuck Schumer is now attempting to manufacture power over the court from a podium. Schumer, in an explosive tirade threatened Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh at a pro-choice protest rally in front of the Supreme Court building Wednesday morning while the justices heard arguments on a Louisiana abortion law case, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo.
The law requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. A similar law in Texas was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2016 after it triggered the closure of several facilities, unduly burdening women seeking abortions.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, 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,” Schumer said. “The bottom line is very simple: We will stand with the American people. 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.”
Schumer prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to denounce his comments Wednesday, calling them “inappropriate” and “dangerous.”
“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said in a rare statement released by the Supreme Court.
The American Bar Association also slammed Schumer’s remarks: “Whatever one thinks about the merits of an issue before a court, there is no place for threats — whether real or allegorical,” the ABA said in a statement. “Personal attacks on judges by any elected officials, including the President, are simply inappropriate. Such comments challenge the reputation of the third, co-equal branch of our government; the independence of the judiciary; and the personal safety of judicial officers. They are never acceptable.”
The Trump era has been marked by extraordinary levels of overreach and abuse of power by the Democratic Party. Several top Senate Democrats warned Supreme Court justices last August to stay out of a Second-Amendment-related gun case or face a fundamental restructuring of the court if they win back power.
The threat was placed in a brief related to the ongoing NRA-backed New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York case over a now-defunct law which limited where gun owners could transport their licensed, locked, and unloaded firearms.
Signatories to the friend-of-the-court brief were Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
They urged the court to stay out of the case, claiming that the city recently changed the laws to ease restrictions. They argued that as a general rule, courts do not sit to give plaintiffs something that they already have, accusing the court of overreaching.
Gillibrand even attacked conservative advocacy groups for conducting an “industrial-strength influence campaign” to sway the Republican-appointed justices of the court.
It was Trump-appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s first gun related case since he took over the seat previously held by more moderate conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy. The court was previously tied on such cases and it was the first to be heard in nearly a decade. A ruling against New York City would have prevented other cities and states from passing similar gun control laws.
“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the brief said. “Perhaps the court can heal itself before the public demands it be restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’” This was viewed as a threat to pack the court by increasing the number of justices and adding more liberals whenever Democrats win the White House.
Democrats also led an ugly, unprecedented smear campaign in 2018 to prevent Justice Kavanaugh from being seated on the court and strengthening the conservative majority. They did not hesitate to use unfounded and unproven claims of rape and sexual impropriety to pressure him to quit.
Perhaps Democrats are too obtuse to understand their own folly but they are not fooling anyone. Voters see them for who they really are. They won’t allow them to use their positions of power to threaten the justices seated on the highest court in the land.
Schumer’s language was violent in nature, the toughest rhetoric ever uttered publicly toward the justices by a public official of Schumer’s stature. It confirms what voters have been witnessing since 2016. Democrats are drifting toward extremism and will stop at nothing to achieve their political goals. They don’t care if they have to subvert our system of justice and one of our most hallowed institutions — the Supreme Court.