Chief Justice Roberts Slams Schumer In Rare Rebuke: Those Are ‘Threatening’ Remarks

Chief Justice John Roberts issued a rare rebuke as he blasted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for his remarks at a rally about two conservative Supreme Court justices, calling the comments “threatening.”

Outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Schumer delivered a warning to Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch that they would “pay the price” depending on how they rule in a major abortion case.

“I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” he said of the two justices appointed by President Donald Trump.

The senator added, “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

“We will tell President Trump and Senate Republicans who have stacked the court with right-wing ideologies that you’re going to be gone in November, and you will never be able to do what you’re trying to do now ever, ever again. You’re gone in November.”

Schumer’s comments came as the Supreme Court heard its first major abortion case with a conservative majority and first major case for under the Trump administration on Wednesday.

In response, Roberts offered a rebuke, writing in a letter, “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,” Roberts added.

Schumer’s office however didn’t back down, as his spokesperson responded, “For Justice Roberts to follow the right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation of what Sen. Schumer said, while remaining silent when President Trump attacked Justices Sotomayor and Ginsberg last week, shows Justice Roberts does not just call balls and strikes.”

Schumer’s spokesperson also offered a response earlier after some criticism, saying, “Sen. Schumer’s comments were a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court, and a warning that the justices will unleash a major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision.”


  1. Missing from this article is that Chuck Schumer was paraphrasing Kavanaugh’s “You sowed the wind” and “the country will reap the whirlwind”, from 2018.

  2. . I say have a trial and put him in prison. Schumer is a traitor.

  3. I coach high school baseball. You NEVER screw around and bash the umpires. It will only lead to BAD!

  4. Schumer is such a hypocrite and drama queen. Who’s really supposed to know what he meant. And, doesn’t everyone understand that he can do NO WRONG!?
    Even when he changes his mind solely to get votes. He has no conscience. It has been burned away for decades. He is just evil. A walking mind-screw. Only interested in what’s in it for him. He care for no one but himself. He’d cut his mother’s throat to get ahead.

  5. First Trump never threaten Sotomayor or Ginsberg Sotomayor came out running her mouth on legal immigrants using and staying on public assistance he just told them if they can’t rule opt out Schumer came out and literally threaten two judges thinking he has the power to remove them you have to impeach to remove them those two judges will rule according to the law Schumer needs to be recalled

  6. mr schumer, how is it the same thing when YOU attack a judge who has done nothing but his job, whereas sotomeyer & ginzberg have engaged in politics, and Trump is not supposed to respond? btw, your incredible waste of government time and resources in your support of the impeachment sham is just another indication of what an A-hole you are. the people of NY need to wise up and GET RID OF YOUR WORTHLESS A**

  7. Schmucky Schumer needs to be impeached, or imprisoned. Congressional term limits would neuter this nonsense. The longer these pathetic politicians remain in office the bolder (more obnoxious) they become, ultimately self believing they are exempt from common sense and the law.

  8. What a disgusting little man. Seems that no one wrote his script this time and he was winging it. Big mistake. Perhaps his hair plugs got too tight!

  9. Chuck Schumer is on the fast track to hell, he’s a worthless pile of dung. No one threatens Chief justices like that and gets away with it, his head should be on a pole and his career over… Ding, ding, done!

  10. In response, Chucky attacked Roberts directly for following a “right wing deliberate misinterpretation.” Chucky’s actual remarks say otherwise.

    Chucky forgets that Roberts waffled on Obozocare. Here he’s setting the stage for a “hostile court”. The mouth-flapping about objectivity aside judges are people too. They may find complicated reasons to hate you, but they will still hate you.

    Way to go Chucky.

  11. I agree reagrding the term limits. Politicians need to start relearning how to temper their words. This is unacceptable.

    1. I believe term limits should apply to ALL branches. Right now it’s the President but it should apply to the Congress and Judiciary as well.

      The practical problem is this: it asks those in power to limit their power,

  12. Chuck’s been a “Senator” since 1998. Nancy since1987.

    Will no member of Congress find the courage to push “term limits”?

    1. Not as long as the voters are stupid enough to keep reelecting those appearing to be afflicted with cretinism.

  13. Congress is a coequal branch to the Judiciary.

    Chuck U. Shmuck was completely out of line. Imagine if the judiciary issued a threat to Congress.

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