Donald Trump Thinks Chuck Schumer Should Have Been Prosecuted For ‘Threat’
Earlier in 2020, Senator Chuck Schumer was responding to the possibility of the Supreme Court upholding legislation that restricts abortion access. He says that the words he used were badly chosen, but conservatives are spinning them as threats. Now, Donald Trump says Schumer should have been prosecuted — but the words aren’t so different from some Trump himself leveled at an envoy to Ukraine.
Retweeting Mark Levin, Trump declared Monday morning that Chuck Schumer should have been prosecuted for “threats” he made to Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
He should have been prosecuted for the threats he made to the Justices. Pathetic! https://t.co/6eZbNboPTl
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2020
However, Levin’s characterization that Schumer threatened some unspecified consequence if Gorsuch and Kavanaugh didn’t rule “as he demanded” isn’t backed up with fact. NCB reported at the time, back in March, on the Senate Minority Leader’s actual words, and his later apology.
Schumer had said, “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,” speaking of the public opinion repercussions for limiting reproductive rights. He later said that he had expressed this badly, but that he would never have leveled a threat, and, “Republicans who were busy manufacturing outrage over these comments know that, too.”
“I didn’t intend to suggest anything other than political and public opinion consequences for the Supreme Court, and it is a gross distortion to imply otherwise,” Schumer said.
Trump, who now says these words rise to the level of prosecution, said quite similar words last year about Marie Yovanovitch, a former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. According to the AP, she testified that numerous people warned her Trump and Rudy Giuliani were seeking to harm her. During this period, a transcript of a telephone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy revealed that the president had declared the ambassador was “going to go through some things.”