14 Senators Cosponsor Hawley’s Motion to Censure Chuck Schumer for Supreme Court Threats
Fourteen Republican Senators have agreed to cosponsor a measure that would formally censure Chuck Schumer for threatening two Supreme Court Justices.
Schumer threatened justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch earlier this month while speaking at a pro-abortion rally, stating that they would “pay the price” for potential pro-life rulings that would approve new abortion restrictions passed by conservative state legislators.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh…. You have unleashed the whirlwind, and you will pay the price! You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
The comments drew wide rebuke from across the political spectrum, with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts even issuing a formal statement rebuking Schumer’s heated language towards the judges.
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley announced that he would prepare a motion to formally censure Schumer for his remarks the day after.
The resolution has now been formally submitted to the Senate. If passed, it would mean the chamber officially “censures and condemns in the strongest possible terms the Senator from New York, Mr. Schumer, for his threatening statements against As-4sociate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.”
The following Republican Senators are cosponsoring the censure proposal: Mike Braun, Martha McSally, Thom Tillis, Tim Scott, Rick Scott, Ben Sasse, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Mike Lee, Joni Ernst, Jim Inhofe, Steve Daines, Ted Cruz, and Kevin Cramer.
The passage of the censure motion depends on the political whims of Mitch McConnell. Its prospects range from doubtful to slim, but in any case the motion represents a serious embarrassment for Schumer. The Democratic Senate Minority Leader backed down after being blasted for his anti-judiciary remarks, admitting that he spoke in rash and “angry” terms.