President Donald Trump waded into the burgeoning feud between conservative members of the Supreme Court and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) over an abortion case before the court.
The president fired off two tweets on Wednesday demanding that Schumer "pay a severe price" for comments deriding Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
"This is a direct & dangerous threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer. If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action MUST be taken NOW!" he tweeted.
There can be few things worse in a civilized, law abiding nation, than a United States Senator openly, and for all… https://t.co/7PcKCJxpQA— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1583370186.0
"There can be few things worse in a civilized, law abiding nation, than a United States Senator openly, and for all to see and hear, threatening the Supreme Court or its Justices. This is what Chuck Schumer just did. He must pay a severe price for this!" he said in a second tweet.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts defended the court Wednesday in a rare and extraordinary statement castigating Schumer for his comments.
"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," said Roberts.
Schumer was addressing a pro-abortion rally in front of the Supreme Court as they considered a case about abortion legislation in Louisiana.
"I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price," Schumer said to demonstrators. "You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions."
A spokesperson for Schumer responded to Roberts' condemnation claiming that the Democratic leader's comments had been purposely misrepresented by the "right wing," and accused Roberts of being a biased justice.