We Don’t Need People Like Chuck Schumer in Our Politics

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There are missteps that a politician can make that are forgivable, even if they may be politically damaging. Then there are those mistakes that cannot be forgiven. What Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday falls into the latter category. When you threaten the members of our nation’s high court with repercussions because they might not rule in the way you want them to, it’s time for you to find something else to do with the rest of your life. You don’t belong in politics and you certainly don’t belong in Washington, D.C.

Speaking to protestors at a rally organized by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Schumer addressed a case before the Supreme Court, in which the justices will decide whether or not a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital will stand.

“I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price!” Schumer warned. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

The backlash was immediate. In an extremely rare occurrence, Chief Justice John Roberts publicly rebuked the Democratic senator from New York, issuing a statement that criticized Schumer’s comments as “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.

Now, maybe – maybe – if Schumer had immediately backed down, apologized sincerely, and offered a reasonable explanation for his comments that gave us some room to extend the benefit of the doubt, we wouldn’t call on him to resign. It’s unlikely that he could come up with any such justification, but we’re open to the possibility.

Astoundingly, though, his office accused Roberts of falling for right-wing propaganda. A spokesman said that Schumer’s remarks meant that Republicans will “pay for putting them on the Court.”

“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 the spokesman.

Well, that’s the ballgame (to extend the metaphor).

First of all, Schumer’s remarks make no sense in terms of making Republicans pay a political price. Why would Kavanaugh or Gorsuch care if a bunch of pro-abortion activists voted against Republicans? That wasn’t what Schumer was getting at, and you don’t need to read or watch conservative media to come to that conclusion. You just need to have open eyes, clear ears, and a working brain.

Second, to bring Trump’s criticism of Sotomayor and Ginsburg into the mix just goes to show you how badly Schumer is missing the point. Newsflash: Americans – even the president – are allowed to criticize the Supreme Court. Trump called on Sotomayor and Ginsburg to recuse themselves from cases involving his administration; he did not say that they wouldn’t “know what hit” them if they ruled against his wishes. And if he had, everyone from Chuck Schumer to The New York Times to John Roberts would have blasted the president from orbit. Rightfully so.

The only remedy for Schumer at this point is to resign, effective immediately.

You had your chance to apologize and you blew it. Now it’s time for you to go.