Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made threatening comments towards Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
The Supreme Court is deliberating its first case related to abortion since Gorsuch and Kavanaugh were appointed as justices.
In a speech to radical pro-abortion activists, Schumer said that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh would “pay the price” if they voted against his wishes.
“You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” Schumer added.
Given that Supreme Court justices are lifetime appointments that don’t require re-election, many fear that Schumer’s “pay the price” comments were “dog whistles” to pro-abortion activists.
See Schumer’s disgraceful comments below:
On Fox News, Andrew Napolitano openly worried that Schumer's comments were a "dog whistle to the crazies."
Trump himself weighed in, saying that "This is a direct & dangerous threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer. If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action must be taken now!"
The Hill has more details on Napolitano's analysis of Schumer's ambiguous threats:
Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano argued Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) remarks that Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh would "pay the price" if they voted against abortion rights could be a "dog whistle to crazies."
"I condemn what Schumer said, but will defend to the death his right to say it. But it is dangerous speech if more people pick up on it,” Napolitano said on "Fox & Friends."
“He might actually be sending a dog whistle to crazies out there,” Napolitano added.
Napolitano's comments came a day after Schumer warned that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, who were both nominated by President Trump, had "unleashed a whirlwind" and "will pay the price" if they voted against abortion rights.
Many have taken to Twitter to warn about the repercutions of Schumer's explosive language:
McConnell was among the first to condemn Schumer, pointing out that instead of apologizing he doubled-down on his comments.
Schumer responded to McConnell's critique, claiming that Republicans are "manufacturing outrage over these comments."
The Hill has more on the exchange between the Senate Majority Leader and Minority Leader:
McConnell called the comments "astonishingly, astonishingly reckless and ... irresponsible." He added that the subsequent explanation was an attempt to "gaslight the entire country and stated that he was actually threatening fellow senators, as though that would be much better."
"A Senate leader appearing to threaten or incite violence on the steps of the Supreme Court could literally be a matter of deadly seriousness. So I fully anticipate our colleague would quickly withdraw his comments and apologize. ... Instead, our colleague doubled down. Doubled down," McConnell added.
Schumer knocked McConnell in a subsequent speech, saying his speech had a "glaring omission."
"He did not mention what the rally yesterday, my speech, or the case before the court was about," Schumer said from the Senate floor. "A women's constitutional right to choose. To the women of America, what we're talking about here, what I am fighting for here, is your right to choose."
But he also offered a caveat while accusing Republicans of "manufacturing outrage."
Chief Justice John Roberts weighed in and chastised the Senate Minority Leader.
In a rare and unusual move, the Chief Justice issued a written statement late Wednesday night.
He wrote: "Statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous."
Roberts also added, "All members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter."
Instead of issuing a geniune apology, Schumer claimed that Chief Justice Roberts intentionally misrepresented his words, according to NBC News:
Schumer's office later issued a second statement on Wednesday in which the senator criticized Roberts.
"For Justice Roberts to follow the right wing's deliberate misinterpretation of what Sen. Schumer said, while remaining silent when President Trump attacked Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg last week, shows Justice Roberts does not just call balls and strikes," said Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman, referring to Trump's criticism of the two liberal justices and his call for them not to participate in any rulings involving him.
There are many reasons he's called "Cryin' Chuck Schumer."
Pretending and crying to be a victim is one of them!