Rev. Graham: Schumer's Threats 'Can Feed Hate and Can Lead to Violence'

By Michael W. Chapman | March 6, 2020 | 3:38pm EST
Rev. Franklin Graham.  (screenshot, FNC)
Rev. Franklin Graham. (screenshot, FNC)

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) publicly threatening harm to two Supreme Court justices -- "you will pay the price" -- can "feed hate" and "lead to violence," said Rev. Franklin Graham in denouncing the senator's recent statements.

On March 4, at a pro-abortion rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, which was then hearing arguments in an abortion-related case, Sen. Schumer took to the podium and 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."

Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh are associate justices on the Supreme Court, appointed by President Donald Trump, and they are considered to be "originalist" in their interpretation of the Constitution, i.e., this is what the Founders wrote, nothing more, nothing less. 

In a March 5 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, "It’s really sad and concerning that Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer would threaten these conservative Supreme Court justices. He went too far."

"Now he has tried to reel his comments back in, but statements like his can feed hate and can lead to violence," said Graham.  

"His words were extremely toxic and dangerous," said the reverend.  "Our nation needs healing. Join me in praying for our leaders."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that Schumer "literally directed the statement to the justices by name, and he said, quote, 'If you go forward with these awful decisions,' which could only apply to the court itself."

U.S. Supreme Court Justices.  (Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court Justices. (Getty Images)

McConnell continued, "The minority leader of the United States Senate threatened two associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court -- period. There's no other way to interpret that...The Democratic leader traveled to the workplace of the two judges, and in front of a crowd of activists, he told those judges you will pay the price, right in front of the Supreme Court building. And you won't know what hit you, he said, right in front of the Supreme Court building."

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