Supreme Court Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., responded Wednesday to threats made against two Supreme Court justices made earlier in the day by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“All members of the court will continue to do their job without fear,” Roberts wrote in a statement commenting on the threat Schumer made directly to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch, should they dare to vote to uphold a Louisiana law imposing accreditation requirements on abortion doctors.
At a pro-abortion rally on the steps of the Supreme Court, Sen. Schumer declared:
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you, if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
In his statement, Chief Justice Roberts said Supreme Court justices will not be intimidated or influenced by Schumer’s dangerous comments:
“This morning, Senator Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside. Senator Schumer referred to two Members of the Court by name and said he wanted to tell them that that “You have released a 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.”