Chuck Schumer reportedly blamed his threatening language against U.S. Supreme Court Justices on the fact that he is from Brooklyn.
“I am from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language,” Schumer said.
“I shouldn’t have used the words I did but in no way was I making a threat,” he added.
“I never, never would do such a thing.”
“They [his words] didn’t come out the way I intended to,” Schumer continued.
“My point was that there would be political consequences — political consequences for President Trump and Senate Republicans if the Supreme Court, with the newly confirmed justices, stripped away a woman’s right to choose.”
“Of course I didn’t intend to suggest anything other than political and public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court and it is a gross distortion to imply otherwise,” he added.
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“Now, what will remain long after the clamor over my comments dies down is the issue at hand, a woman’s constitutional right to choose and Republican attempts to invalidate it,” he said as he continued to blame Republicans. “ The fact that my Republican colleagues have worked systematically over the course of decades to install the judicial infrastructure to take down Roe v. Wade and do very real damage to the country and to the American way of life. That is the issue that will remain.“
Sen. Chuck Schumer: “Of course I didn’t intend to suggest anything other than political or public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court, and it is a gross distortion to imply otherwise. I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language.” https://t.co/BZhObNeZr7 pic.twitter.com/H20PzErvhi
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Schumer’s comments come after McConnell condemned the minority leader for his threats.
“Democrats are trying to cloak their anger at President Trump in rhetoric about protecting norms and institutions,” McConnell said. “But in reality, it is their own side of the aisle where anti-institutionalism is rampant.”
“We talk about attacks on the official of the presidency,” he added. “On the electoral college, on the First Amendment, on the Senate itself. But most striking of all have been the shameless efforts to bully our nation’s independent judiciary, and yesterday those efforts took a dangerous and disturbing turn.”
McConnell then said that the attack “was not some isolated incident.”
“The left-wing campaign against the federal judiciary did not begin yesterday, not yesterday,” he added.