‘Following Orders’: Republicans Point to Schumer Telling Kavanaugh He’ll ‘Pay the Price’ in Wake of Would-Be Killer’s Arrest
Republicans have been highlighting a past video of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) warning Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh he will “pay the price” in the wake of a would-be assassin being arrested outside the judge’s home.
The video of Schumer is from a 2020 protest outside the court. Schumer spoke to the crowd of activists as the judges heard a case on a Louisiana law restricting abortion access. The armed man who was arrested outside Kavanaugh’s Maryland home this week reportedly told police he was angered by a recent opinion draft leak out of the Supreme Court suggesting Roe v. Wade could potentially be overturned.
In his 2020 comments, Schumer named both Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and Kavanaugh and said they could release a “whirlwind” when it comes to abortion.
“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,” Schumer said.
Schumer’s “pay the price” line earned a rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts at the time, referring to it as a “threatening statement.”
Clips of the words are being heavily shared by Republican lawmakers and conservative activists in the wake of the arrest, with many arguing Schumer’s language very well could have helped radicalize people now incensed all over again with the draft leak.
“Chuck Schumer called for this violence. The armed lunatic who showed up at Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home was simply following orders,” Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) tweeted.
“The Left needs to condemn ALL violence and stop the #DemocratDoubleStandards and hypocrisy,” Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) added.
“And he is leading the Senate? Reprehensible,” Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) wrote.
This is disturbing, given a man was just arrested outside Justice Kavanaugh’s house this morning for wanting to kill him.
— Rep. Barry Loudermilk (@RepLoudermilk) June 8, 2022
The video was also shared by the House Republicans and Senate Republican Communications Center, as well as numerous other conservatives tying Schumer’s rhetoric to the thwarted assassination attempt.
FLASHBACK: Senator Chuck Schumer stood on the steps of the Supreme Court and threatened Justices if they didn’t rule the way he wanted in a case: pic.twitter.com/fXqjNKjqyN
— Senate Republican Communications Center (@SRCC) March 21, 2022
Biden and the Dems need to stop their irresponsible and incendiary rhetoric on Roe and condemn the violence coming from their supporters. 2/x
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 8, 2022
And this is why Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer explicitly and directly threatening Kavanaugh and Gorsuch from the steps of the Supreme Court in 2020 was so dangerous. https://t.co/jK4LnsgV3s
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 8, 2022
Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, & other Democrat leaders have encouraged protests outside of the homes of Conservative Supreme Court Justices.
Last night, an armed California man was arrested outside of Justice Kavanaugh’s home.
Democrats must condemn these actions TOTALLY!
— Kimberly Guilfoyle (@kimguilfoyle) June 8, 2022
The left always unleashes violence.
Now an armed gunman has been arrested near Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s house.
He was going to kill Kavanaugh.@chuckschumer
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 8, 2022
Here’s Chuck Schumer encouraging an insurrection against the Supreme Court. Republicans may need to start a June 8th committee to investigate when they take back the House and Senate this fall. pic.twitter.com/CC6jzQVrCC
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 8, 2022
2 years and 3 months after Chuck Schumer threatened Brett Kavanaugh from the steps of the Court, a lunatic shows up to his house with a gun hoping to kill him.
Pretty clear line from that through encouraging protestors at Justice’s homes to real danger.https://t.co/vlq7OxeZz8
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 8, 2022
Last night, a deranged man sought to murder Brett Kavanaugh at his family’s home.
Following this CLEAR incitement of violence by @chuckschumer, he should be charged as well.
This not acceptable in any civil society. pic.twitter.com/9htw4RQh9H
— Vernon Jones For Congress (@VernonForGA) June 8, 2022
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