CNN senior political analyst John Avlon thinks Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went too far when he issued a warning to Trump-appointed Supreme Court justices.
“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 during a pro-abortion rally outside the court on Wednesday.
“It sounded to many like a threat,” Avlon reacted during a segment on the network Thursday. “It certainly crossed a line.”
Chief Justice John Roberts was among those who perceived the remark as a threat. He issued a rare and sharp rebuke of Schumer just hours later, calling his comments “dangerous.” Avlon agreed with the chief’s statement, saying, “Here here.”
President Trump also ripped New York Democrat for his verbal attack, as did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who scolded him on the chamber’s floor Thursday.
“There is nothing to call this except a threat,” the Kentucky Republican said. “And there is absolutely no question to whom it was directed.”
Schumer backtracked on the comments after McConnell’s address, saying, “I shouldn’t have used the words I did.”
“Of course, I didn’t intend to suggest anything other than political and public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court,” he added. “I shouldn’t have used the words I did, but in no way was I making a threat. I would never do such a thing.”
Author: Dominick Mastrangelo
Source: Washington Examiner: CNN’s John Avlon: Schumer ‘crossed a line’ with threatening Supreme Court comments