Senator Charles Schumer isn’t someone I like or respect. Still, I doubt he intended to threaten two Supreme Court justices. Nevertheless, he got so carried away with himself that is clearly what he did.
What’s the story? Schumer made a speech to a pro-abortion mob in front of the building where the Supreme Court was in session. The Court was considering a controversial case (at least to pro-abortion mobs) related to the abortion issue. While making his speech, Schumer put his foot in his mouth. Schumer to Kavanaugh, Gorsuch: You Will “Pay The Price” (realclearpolitics.com) contains both a video and a transcript of his speech. Here are the key words. Judge for yourself.
Inside the walls of this court, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments, as you know, for the first major abortion right cases since Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch came to the bench. We know what’s at stake. Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history. From Louisiana to Missouri to Texas, Republican legislatures are waging a war on women, all women, and they’re taking away fundamental rights. 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. (from here (realclearpolitics.com))
What does Schumer mean by “released the whirlwind”? That part of his speech is a clumsy reference to a verse in the Bible, Hosea 8:7. Here is the context.
When Hosea speaks of sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind, he makes use of an old axiom. Galatians 6:7 states that axiom in the form with which we are most familiar.
If sow the seeds of evil, we will reap the fruit of evil, and if we sow the seeds of good, we will reap the fruit of good. That is, if we do evil to others, we will receive evil in return, and if we do good to others, we will receive good in return.
Given his support for abortion “rights”, Schumer’s reference to this axiom is astounding. What fruit does he expect to reap from killing the unborn?
Consider also that the case before the Supreme Court does not even involve outlawing abortion. The purpose of the Louisiana law is to protect women from botched abortions (see Supreme Court set to argue important election-year abortion case (foxnews.com)). Schumer’s support for abortion is apparently so rabid he will not tolerate any restrictions on abortion, not even safety regulations.
Fortunately, Schumer has been scolded for threatening Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch (see Schumer, Criticized for Blasting Justices, Regrets the Words but Not the Message (nytimes.com)). However, a mere scolding or two is not sufficient. At a minimum Schumer should be censured for inciting violence (Schumer Faces Rare Censure for Threatening Supreme Court Justices (dailysignal.com)). In fact, because Schumer has not actually apologized for his statement, concern for the safety for high level government officials should drive his colleagues to seriously consider whether he should be removed from the Senate and sent home.