On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for criticizing his Supreme Court appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — and suggested that a Republican doing the same thing would be "arrested or impeached":
This is a direct & dangerous threat to the U.S. Supreme Court by Schumer. If a Republican did this, he or she would… https://t.co/PlzEZv9Sfk— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1583367661.0
Trump is evidently forgetting that he himself launched a vicious attack on Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor just a week before.
Schumer was delivering a speech against an anti-abortion case that received oral argument earlier in the day, warning Gorsuch and Kavanaugh that they would "pay the price" for a ruling against women's rights — by which he meant that they would cost Republicans at the ballot box and erode public opinion in the court. Many GOP pundits, however, have baselessly claimed that this was a "threat" against the justices.
Chief Justice John Roberts himself jumped into the controversy, criticizing Schumer's statement as "dangerous" — though he drew controversy for weighing in, given that he had not condemned Trump's similar attack on his colleagues.