Trump calls for punishment of Schumer over SCOTUS criticism that he himself regularly makes

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After an extraordinary exchange of outrage between Chief Justice John Roberts and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) earlier today,  you knew it wouldn’t be long before Donald Trump inserted himself into the fray.

Sure enough, Trump’s tiny little Twitter fingers were typing out his own predictably partisan and constitutionally ignorant opinions on the accusations flying between the leader of the Supreme Court and the head Democrat in the senate over Schumer’s warning of political retribution from a furious public towards Trump’s conservative court picks if they limit women’s right to determine their own biological fates.

“I want to tell you, Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch, you have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer said to an activist crowd in front of the Supreme Court this morning. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Chief Justice Roberts interpreted Senator Schumer’s words as a threat, and despite failing to step in when Trump himself attacked his more liberal colleagues, Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg, last week for a legal dissent that the president didn’t even understand, issued a condemnation of Schumer’s words.

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“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,” Roberts warned in a statement after hearing Schumer’s comments.

Senator Schumer’s office replied back quickly by issuing the following statement:

“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 statement read.

At this point, Trump went off the deep end sending this unhinged tweet that seemed more suitable coming from a third-world dictator than an American president:

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Trump fails to mention that after his shameful acquittal by a compliant majority of Republican Senators, the chances of any member of the GOP getting arrested or impeached or having any sort of repercussions for any potentially illegal actions is slim to none, particularly after his own demands that Justices Sotomayor and Ginsberg recuse themselves from any case involving his administration generated nary a peep from Roberts or any Republican legislators.

If only those were Trump’s last words on the subject. After a pause for a few more standard blasts of self-promotional propaganda, Trump returned to the topic with a second tweet.

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As a man who has spent more than his fair share of time attacking the fairness of judges and the U.S. judicial system, it’s difficult to see Trump’s attack on Schumer as anything but the most blatant example of politically-motivated hypocrisy he’s generated in hours, at least.

Take a look at a few examples of his own threats and accusations towards those who preside over the administration of justice.

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After reading this small sample of the president’s thoughts on the American judiciary, there can be only one response:

There can be few things worse in a civilized, law-abiding nation, than a United States President openly, and for all to see and hear, threatening the Federal Courts or its Justices or a duly-elected U.S. Senator. This is what Donald Trump has repeatedly done and just did again. He must pay a severe price for this!

Since impeachment now seems off the table, the price will be at the ballot box in November and it is getting bigger every day he stays in office.

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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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