Schumer Apologizes for Attacks on Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh

March 6, 2020by Erin B. Logan, Los Angeles Times (TNS)
Schumer Apologizes for Attacks on Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer apologized on Thursday for his impassioned comments about two Supreme Court justices, saying he “should not have used the words.”

Schumer, D-N.Y., derided Trump-appointed Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh on Wednesday as the Supreme Court heard arguments on a Louisiana law restricting abortion rights, saying they “will pay the price” if they side with the court’s conservatives on this case. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” he added.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Schumer said his words “didn’t come out the way I intended to.”

“My point was that there would be political consequences for President Trump and Senate Republicans if the Supreme Court, with the newly confirmed justices, stripped away a woman’s right to choose,” he said. He added: “I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language.”

A clip of Schumer’s speech circulated on social media and was condemned by conservatives, including President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who on Thursday said the words “at the very best … were astonishingly reckless and irresponsible” and “clearly … dangerous.”

“It has almost been a century since the last time Democrats threatened to pack the Supreme Court because they wanted different rulings. History still judges that disgraceful episode to this day,” said McConnell, R-Ky. “So I would suggest that my Democratic colleagues spend less time trying to threaten impartial judges, and more time coming up with ideas that are actually constitutional.”

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. issued a rare rebuke, saying Schumer’s comments were “not only inappropriate” but “dangerous.”

“All members of the court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter,” Roberts said.

During court arguments on Wednesday, justices focused their questions on how specifically the Louisiana law would affect women and clinics that perform the procedure.

“I feel so deeply the anger of women all across America about Senate Republicans and the courts working hand in glove to take down Roe v. Wade,” Schumer told his Senate colleagues. “Republican state legislatures are restricting a woman’s right to choose so severely as to make it nonexistent, and the courts are now likely to go along because Senate Republicans have confirmed nominees they believe will strip away women’s rights and fundamentally change this country.

“I didn’t intend to suggest anything other than political and public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court,” he said, “and it is a gross distortion to imply otherwise.”

———

©2020 Los Angeles Times

Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

—————

A+
a-
  • Brett Kavanaugh
  • Neil Gorsuch
  • Supreme Court
  • In The News

    Health

    Voting

    In The News

    June 21, 2024
    by Dan McCue
    New Report Finds Energy Use Surging, While Green Transition Sags

    LONDON — Global energy consumption, fueled for the most part by fossil fuels, surged to an all-time high in 2023,... Read More

    LONDON — Global energy consumption, fueled for the most part by fossil fuels, surged to an all-time high in 2023, according to a new report from the London-based nonprofit Energy Institute. The numbers contained in the 73rd annual edition of the Statistical Review of World Energy... Read More

    June 21, 2024
    by Anna Claire Miller
    First Lady Keeps Reproductive Rights at Forefront Ahead of Debate

    WASHINGTON — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Lancaster and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Sunday to highlight what is... Read More

    WASHINGTON — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Lancaster and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Sunday to highlight what is at stake for reproductive freedom in the 2024 election. Biden’s mid- and late-afternoon appearances come a day ahead of the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme... Read More

    June 21, 2024
    by Dan McCue
    Feds Approve Construction, Operations Plan for Offshore Wind Farm

    WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Friday gave their final approval to the construction and operation of a large-scale wind farm... Read More

    WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Friday gave their final approval to the construction and operation of a large-scale wind farm off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Once completed, the Sunrise Wind project, a joint effort of developers Ørsted and Con Ed Transmission, will have... Read More

    June 21, 2024
    by Lauren Zola
    Civil Liberties Groups to Sue Louisiana Over Ten Commandments Mandate

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Just hours after Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry, a Republican, signed a bill into law requiring the... Read More

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Just hours after Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry, a Republican, signed a bill into law requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in all public school classrooms, civil libertarians offered their unequivocal response — we’ll see you in court. With Landry’s signature, Louisiana... Read More

    June 21, 2024
    by Dan McCue
    White House Correspondents Honor Lehner for Exceptional Service

    WASHINGTON — George Lehner, longtime counsel to the White House Correspondents’ Association, was awarded the organization’s President’s Award for Exceptional... Read More

    WASHINGTON — George Lehner, longtime counsel to the White House Correspondents’ Association, was awarded the organization’s President’s Award for Exceptional Service this week, ahead of his retirement from its board in July. Lehner, a tireless champion of the First Amendment and the White House press, has... Read More

    June 21, 2024
    by Tom Ramstack
    Supreme Court Upholds US Authority to Tax Citizens’ Foreign Investments

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Trump-era tax on foreign income in a ruling critics say extends... Read More

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Trump-era tax on foreign income in a ruling critics say extends federal authority too far over international business. Before Congress enacted the tax in 2017, wealthy individuals and corporations would put their investment income into foreign stock... Read More

    News From The Well
    scroll top