Washington, D.C. - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) criticized Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for his threat against Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
"It is so wildly inappropriate for anybody in government, least of all a senior member of the legislative branch, to threaten Supreme Court Justices," said Senator Toomey, before saying of his Democratic colleagues, "I certainly hope he will come under pressure to retract that statement."
Matt Knoedler from WICU in Erie has the full story.
Sen. Pat Toomey urges Democrats to condemn Schumer's comments about Kavanaugh & Gorsuch
By Matt Knoedler
March 5th, 2020
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey is joining a growing chorus of lawmakers who are calling on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to formally apologize. That comes after Schumer's controversial comments toward two Supreme Court Justices on Wednesday.
Schumer appeared to threaten pro-life justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch at an abortion rights rally outside the Supreme Court Wednesday. That was when justices were inside, hearing arguments about a controversial Louisiana abortion access law.
Schumer's comments received a rare rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts.
Schumer said the justices what know what hit them if they go forward with these "awful decisions."
"I want to tell you Gorsuch. I want to tell you Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price," Schumer said at the rally. "You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions."
Thursday morning, Toomey urged his Democratic colleagues to condemn Schumer's remarks and urge him to apologize to Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch.
"It is so wildly inappropriate for anybody in government, least of all a senior member of the legislative branch to threaten Supreme Court Justices," Toomey said. "I certainly hope he will come under pressure to retract that statement."
A Schumer spokesman reportedly said the backlash over the top Senate Democrat's comments are a "deliberate misinterpretation."
Roberts released a statement Wednesday condemning Schumer's comments.
"(Wednesday) morning, Senator Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside," Roberts said. "Senator Schumer referred to two Members of the Court by name and said he wanted to tell them that '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.'
"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. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter."