US Daily Times, Washington: US Chief Justice John Roberts described Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer comment about Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh as “inappropriate” and “dangerous”.
According to a video available online, Chuck Schumer was speaking at a rally outside the court while a high-profile abortion case was being argued inside. He said “You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” naming the two judged appointed by Donald Trump.
Schumer’s spokesman Justin Goodman criticized Roberts in a statement, saying that “to follow the right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation of what Sen. Schumer said” shows the chief justice “does not just call balls and strikes.”
“Schumer’s comments were a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court”, said Goodman, “and a warning that the justices will unleash a major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision.”
He also pointed out that the chief justice stayed silent when Trump questioned the impartiality of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.
Trump also responded to Schumer’s comment. He tweets, “If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action MUST be taken NOW!”
The chief justice criticised Trump for the president’s criticism of an “Obama judge,” hab jumped to his colleagues’ defense after Schumer’s remarks.
In a statement responding Schumer’s comment, Mr Roberts said that 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.”