WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Schumer on Thursday tried to walk back his threat against two conservative Supreme Court justices — claiming the remarks didn’t come out the way he intended because he was “angry” over abortion rights.
“I’m from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language. I shouldn’t have used the words I did, but in no way was I making a threat,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.
The New York lawmaker was roundly condemned for remarks he made at an abortion rights rally outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday where he warned Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh would “pay the price” if they voted to restrict abortion rights.
Schumer said his comments, made outside the court as it heard a Louisiana abortion case, were born out anger for what he said was Republicans trying to dismantle a woman’s right to choose.
“I feel so deeply the anger of woman all across America about Senate Republicans and the courts working hand in glove to take down Roe v. Wade,” he said.
“Yes, I am angry and the woman of America are angry and we will continue to fight for a woman’s rights to choose and we will continue to fight for women of America,” he added.
The comments earlier earned a lengthy rebuke from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — who described them as “reckless” — and a rare reprimand from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts a day earlier.
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