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George Conway on Schumer’s apology to members of SCOTUS

March 5, 2020

Note: this piece was originally published in the Washington Post, and was written by Checks & Balances member George Conway. 

One of the bad things about bad behavior by politicians (particularly by Donald Trump, because he’s president, but by others as well) is that it not only can encourage bad behavior by politicians of all ideological stripes but also can be cited to justify it. All of this is sadly illustrated by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer’s disturbing attacks against members of the Supreme Court.

The New York Democrat has expressed regret for some of what he said, but this incident is worth considering in its totality. On Wednesday, he spoke to abortion-rights supporters at a rally in front of the court as the justices were hearing a challenge to a Louisiana law that would require physicians performing abortions to have the right to admit patients to local hospitals. Reaching a fevered rhetorical pitch, Schumer turned and gestured toward the court building and said: “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.”

That triggered an unusual and sharp rebuke from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. “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,” Roberts said in a written statement. “All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”

Continue reading at the Washington Post.