McConnell slams Schumer from Senate floor for threatening Gorsuch, Kavanaugh over abortion case

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 5th, 2020 12:11 pm

Last Updated Mar 5th, 2020 at 12:38 pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized statements made earlier this week by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), calling them a "threat" to several Supreme Court justices.

Schumer on Wednesday told Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh that they will "pay the price" and "they won't know what hit them" if they vote in a way that is anti-abortion in a dispute over a 2014 Louisiana case that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic. The minority leader made his statement to a crowd of cheering abortion advocates.

McConnell rebuked Schumer on Thursday, calling the statement a "threat" and saying there is "no other way to interpret that."

"I'm not sure where to start," McConnell said. "There is nothing to call this except a threat. And there's absolutely no question to whom it was directed. Contrary to what the Democratic leader has since tried to claim, he very, very clearly was not addressing Republican lawmakers or anyone else. He literally directed the statement to the justices by name."

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