Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is calling for the impeachment of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) after public threats he made toward two Supreme Court Justices last March. Schumer, then Minority Leader of the Senate, publicly spoke out against Supreme Court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch during a pro-abortion rally ahead of oral arguments presented to the Court on an abortion case.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Paul made the case that President Trump’s second impeachment trial sets a dangerous precedent, stating, “I think if Democrats had any bit of self-reflection, they would be saying this is a really terrible idea.” Sen. Paul pointed out that if the same standard was applied to Trump’s speech on January 6, ahead of the Capitol riots, were applied to other members of Congress, many would find themselves facing impeachment.
“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.”
During this heated speech in March of 2020, Schumer clearly threatens Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh, both Trump appointees to the highest court, telling them they will “pay the price” and “won’t know what hit” them if they rule in a way that goes against Schumer’s far-left agenda. It is unclear what the senator meant when he said the Justices would “pay the price” since Justices are appointed for life and would not be subject to being voted out during the next election cycle. Schumer’s attempt to intimidate the Justices is, however, irrefutable.
In a rare move, Chief Justice John Roberts released a statement in which he called Schumer’s comments “inappropriate” and “dangerous.” Justice Roberts comments on Schumer’s inciteful language at the pro-abortion rally can be seen below:
“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. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”
Justice John Roberts
During the interview Sunday, Sen. Paul added, “If we’re going to criminalize speech, and somehow impeach everybody who says, ‘Go fight to hear your voices heard,’ I mean really we ought to impeach Chuck Schumer then.” Paul continued: “This inflammatory wording, this violent rhetoric of Chuck Schumer was so bad that the chief justice, who rarely says anything publicly, immediately said this kind of language is dangerous as a mob tried to invade the Supreme Court.”
“If people want to hold President Trump accountable for language, there has to be a consistent standard and to my mind it’s a partisan farce because they’re not doing anything to Chuck Schumer, not doing anything to Rep. Omar, not doing anything to Maxine Waters. It’s just not fair. It’s just partisan politics under a different name,” said Paul, asserting that Democrats will not be held to the same standard.
During the interview, Sen. Paul stated that Trump’s defense during the impeachment trial would include examples of violent rhetoric spewed by leftist lawmakers, which has remained generally unchecked, saying, “If you’re going to criminalize his speech, you have to do it with the same standard. You can’t just criminalize Republican speech and ignore all the Democrats who have incited violence.”