Senate Majority Chuck Schumer is facing backlash after a video of him resurfaced. In the video, he threatens Supreme Court Justices, specifically Brett Kavanaugh.
Schumer said in the video, “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.”
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Many are pointing to his statement after an armed man tried to kill Justice Kavanaugh at his home.
The man was armed with a pistol, a knife, and various other weapons. He was arrested near Justice Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland, early Wednesday. He said he traveled from California to kill Justice Kavanaugh.
Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri responded to the resurfaced video.
“I wonder if Chuck Schumer is still proud of personally threatening Supreme Court Justices now that people with guns are showing up at their houses to kill them,” he said.
Chuck Grassley, Senator from Iowa, also had issues with the comments Schumer made.
In a tweet, he wrote, “Democrat Ldr Schumer said justices wld “pay the price” on steps of Supreme Court if they didn’t rule how he wanted. 2day person was arrested who wanted to kill a Justice bc of how court might rule. Leaders must weigh their words more carefully esp when they might incite violence.”
Senator Ted Cruz from Texas added, “The Biden admin encouraged protests outside of justice’s homes Schumer threatened: “You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price!” Now a would-be assassin went to the home of a Supreme Court Justice. Biden and the Dems need to stop their irresponsible and incendiary rhetoric on Roe and condemn the violence coming from their supporters.
Fox News reported:
Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, was carrying a gun, ammunition, a knife, pepper spray, a screwdriver, zip ties, and other gear when he was arrested by Montgomery County Police Department officers in the early morning hours Wednesday, according to a criminal complaint.
According to court documents, Roske told investigators that he “began thinking about how to give his life purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice.”
Roske is charged with the attempted murder of a federal judge and could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
In May, the home addresses of Supreme Court Justices were published online. Many people went and marched past Justice Kavanaugh’s home and Chief Justice John Roberts’ home.
President Joe Biden has remained silent and not condemned the doxxing of the Supreme Court Justices’ addresses.
President Biden said on Wednesday that he condemns the actions of Roske “in the strongest terms” and said he supports legislation to fund increased security for judges and the high court.
However, in May, White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, made this statement on behalf of President Biden:
“I know that there’s an outrage right now, I guess, about protests that have been peaceful up to date, and we certainly do continue to encourage that, outside the judge’s homes, and that’s the president’s position.”