Threatening statements by Democrat leader Chuck Schumer against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh if he dared to overturn Roe v. Wade resurfaced after authorities reported an assassination attempt on the justice’s life.
Police arrested a California man near the justice’s home early Wednesday morning after the man said he bought a gun and planned to murder the justice. According to the Washington Post, the man told police that he was angry about a leaked draft ruling showing a majority of the Supreme Court, including Kavanaugh, overturning Roe v. Wade this summer.
Most Democrat leaders, including Schumer, have been noticeably silent about the assassination attempt, prompting questions and concerns from Republican leaders.
Many pointed to a 2020 comment by Schumer, a pro-abortion Democrat from New York and the U.S. Senate majority leader, threatening Kavanaugh and another conservative justice, Neil Gorsuch, if they dared to overturn Roe and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
“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 at a March 4, 2020 pro-abortion rally.
The comment prompted a rare rebuke from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. In a statement at the time, Roberts described Schumer’s remarks as “dangerous” and “threatening.”
“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,” Roberts said at the time.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pointed out just how dangerous they can be, sharing a video of Schumer’s comments in response to the news about Kavanaugh.
“Cause and effect,” Cruz wrote on Twitter.
U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a pro-life Republican from Missouri, also called out the Democrat leader, writing: “Senator Schumer told Justice Kavanaugh that he will ‘pay the price’ for decisions Democrats don’t like. And he is leading the Senate? Reprehensible.”
Dr. Roger Marshall, a Senate Republican who represents Kansas, blamed Schumer for the violence.
“Chuck Schumer called for this violence,” the pro-life lawmaker responded on Twitter. “The armed lunatic who showed up at Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home was simply following orders. Justice cannot be served under the threat of mob violence.”
Some conservatives are calling for Schumer to be impeached for inciting violence.
A spokesperson for Schumer told Newsweek on Wednesday that the Democrat leader has “been clear that he supports peaceful protests and is thankful law enforcement arrested this person today.”
But legal experts also warned that Schumer’s comments could be misinterpreted by pro-abortion radicals. According to Newsweek:
On Wednesday, Jonathan Turley, the Shapiro Chair of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, warned that Schumer’s words could be misinterpreted by people like the man who was reportedly armed with a handgun, knife and pepper spray.
“While clearly unintended, some can take the wrong meaning from words like those from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the steps of the Supreme Court that expressly referred to Justice Kavanaugh…,” Turley tweeted.
Threats and violence against the court and pro-life advocates have increased since the leak in early May, and authorities expect more violence in the days ahead.
A few weeks ago, the pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us responded to the leak by publishing the addresses of the conservative justices’ homes online publicly – prompting authorities to increase security for the high court members and their staff. Days later, Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the draft opinion, and his family were moved from their home to a secure location due to violent threats.
Early Wednesday morning, police arrested Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, near Kavanaugh’s Maryland home after he allegedly threatened to murder the justice, according to court records, Heavy reports.
Police said Roske was armed with a pistol, knife, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer and crowbar, according to USA Today. Police said he told them he found the justice’s home address online.
Roske allegedly said he bought the gun for the purpose of killing Kavanaugh because he was upset that the justice may overturn Roe this summer and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again, according to the criminal complaint.
He is charged with attempted murder.