Chuck Schumer Threatened Two Supreme Court Justices — But WaPo’s Story Is All About GOP’s Response

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took direct aim at two sitting Supreme Court justices — calling out Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh by name — but the Washington Post’s story focused on the GOP’s response.

“GOP Seizes On Schumer’s Remarks,” WaPo’s print headline blared, addressing the backlash Schumer had faced after speaking at a Wednesday rally outside the Supreme Court.

What the headline did not address was that Schumer had in fact received backlash from both sides of the political aisle and had even earned a rare rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts himself.

What Schumer actually said, after calling out the two Trump-appointed justices by name, was, “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.” (RELATED: Flashback: Chuck Schumer Wanted Chief Justice Roberts To Scold Trump Just 3 Weeks Ago)

WaPo was not the only outlet to turn the focus to the response rather than the initial offense.

NPR suggested that directly addressing two sitting members of the Court amounted to “apparent references to the court’s Trump appointees.”

Politico’s Playbook, upon learning that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to address Schumer’s comments from Thursday morning, claimed that doing so would “pour gasoline on a CHUCK SCHUMER/Supreme Court controversy.”

Schumer’s spokesman issued a statement Wednesday claiming that his remarks were intended to warn Republicans of the political consequences of confirming Trump’s picks.