By Mollie Hemingway – The Federalist
When Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer threatened two sitting Supreme Court justices this week, some reporters and other Democratic politicians attempted to downplay his unprecedented attack by falsely claiming he was echoing what Justice Brett Kavanaugh had said during his contentious confirmation hearing.
Only the completely ignorant or willfully duplicitous person could make such a comparison.
In his hearing, Kavanaugh said he worried about what the partisan attempts to destroy his reputation with horrific and unsubstantiated allegations would mean for the country. Schumer, by contrast, called out Justices Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch by name and said that if they didn’t achieve his preferred pro-abortion outcome in an upcoming ruling, “you will pay the price” and “you won’t know what hit you.”
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.
While Schumer initially claimed that when he said, “I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh,” he was addressing Republican senators, nobody believed it. His threats against the justices were widely condemned even by liberal judicial activists such as Laurence Tribe. But some activists in the media and elsewhere tried to downplay the remarks by saying they echoed Kavanaugh’s words when he expressed concern for the country.
Kavanaugh’s comments don’t need context to show they are nothing like what Schumer said, but the context really drives the point home. Far from making a threat, he was expressing concern about how the rhetoric against him was putting not only his family’s physical safety at risk but threatened the health of the entire country.
This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy.
Since my nomination in July, there’s been a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything to block my confirmation. Shortly after I was nominated, the Democratic Senate leader said he would, quote, ‘oppose me with everything he’s got.’ A Democratic senator on this committee publicly — publicly referred to me as evil — evil. Think about that word. It’s said that those who supported me were, quote, ‘complicit in evil.’ Another Democratic senator on this committee said, quote, ‘Judge Kavanaugh is your worst nightmare.’ A former head of the Democratic National Committee said, quote, ‘Judge Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come.’
I understand the passions of the moment, but I would say to those senators, your words have meaning. Millions of Americans listen carefully to you. Given comments like those, is it any surprise that people have been willing to do anything to make any physical threat against my family, to send any violent e-mail to my wife, to make any kind of allegation against me and against my friends. To blow me up and take me down.
You sowed the wind. For decades to come, I fear that the whole country will reap the whirlwind.
You can and should revisit this section of his testimony on YouTube here.
It is worth remembering that Schumer led the filibuster of Gorsuch and orchestrated much of the campaign against Kavanaugh, reportedly because he worried Sen. Dianne Feinstein didn’t have what it took to get the job done. Within minutes of Kavanaugh’s nomination, Schumer publicly announced he would “oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything” he had.
Schumer imposed Democrat senators’ boycott of meetings with Kavanaugh. He held a conference call where Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee came up with their obstruction tactic of interrupting Republican Chair Chuck Grassley with “I am Spartacus” moments. He raised eyebrows when he said accused nominees have no presumption of innocence.
When Michael Avennati’s client Julie Swetnick claimed — with no evidence in support and plenty of evidence in opposition — that Kavanaugh was a serial gang rapist who had roamed the streets of suburban Maryland for his prey, Schumer demanded the allegations be accepted as true and that Kavanaugh’s nomination be pulled. When Kavanaugh was confirmed, mobs of protesters sieged the Supreme Court itself, scaling walls, trying to knock down doors, and throwing tomatoes and water bottles at cars carrying departing Supreme Court justices.
Plus Bad Bible Reading
The whirlwind reference comes from the Book of Hosea, in which the prophet Hosea reminds Israel of the Lord’s loving faithfulness and calls them away from unfaithfulness. Chapter 8, verse 7, reads: “For they sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no flour; if it were to yield, strangers would devour it.”
The proverb repeatedly stresses the futility of turning away from God toward false idols. This verse is quoted by many as a call to repentance when we fail to follow God’s commands. Encouraging others not to incite violence just because of political passions, then, would be an appropriate use of the verse, as Kavanaugh used it. Encouraging attacks on those who might in some way hamper the abortion lobby through a proper reading of the law, however, would not be an appropriate use of the verse. For multiple reasons!
Read more here.