Pelosi Says She Agrees With Schumer That His Remarks About SCOTUS Justices Were ‘Not Appropriate’

By Bruce Truax | March 5, 2020 | 6:48pm EST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she agreed with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s comment that his statement directed at two Supreme Court justices had been “not appropriate.”

During a press conference, Pelosi was asked, “Chuck Schumer said that Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh would, quote, ‘pay the price’ for voting against abortion rights. Were those comments appropriate?”

Pelosi said, “I believe he also said on the floor today that his words were not appropriate. I support him in that. It’s unfortunate because, as you see, I think the Republicans say it’s okay if the president does it, but it’s not okay if other people do it. It wasn’t right for anybody to do it and Chuck recognized those words.”

During a press conference the same day, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was asked, “Josh Hawley, senator from Missouri, introduced a resolution to censure the minority leader. Is that something you think the Senate should take up? And, how else would you react to that.”

McCarthy replied:

I don’t think you should take this lightly. Think about who said this and where they said it. We have three co-equal branches. You have the leader of the Democrats in the Senate standing over at the Supreme Court I believe, before the Supreme Court’s going hear a case, threatening two new judges. Threatening.

He’s not mincing his words in any shape or form, being cheered by it. We are so much better than that. I don’t care if it was a Republican or a Democrat doing it, it is unacceptable, and it is a new low. It’s inappropriate, it goes beyond just an apology. Is that what he really meant?

We know Chuck Schumer. He’s been a member of Congress. He’s been a senator for quite some time and he’s been a leader. It’s just so inappropriate, but to take it to that level, it almost brings a threat not only to those members of the Supreme Court to others – f    or others to act.

I don’t know if Democrats want to change their leadership over it, but I’ve heard some talk about it. So I wouldn’t – I wouldn’t from one standpoint of just censuring, I think there’s other actions that could probably take place. I’ve always found inside our party, I think it’s a place that you should look at if that’s who you want for your leader, if that’s the action and words that you support, then they would probably do nothing. But if they disagree with those actions, I think something should happen.

 

Speaking Wednesday outside the court, which was hearing a case challenging Louisiana abortion law, Schumer said: “I want to tell you, Gorsuch I want to tell you, Kavanagh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you.”

On the Senate floor on Thursday, Schumer said of his comments, “I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language. I shouldn’t have used the words I did, but in no way was I making a threat.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized him for his comments. “There is nothing to call this except a threat. And there is absolutely no question to whom it was directed. He literally directed the statement to the justices, by name.”


 

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