An armed and equipped admitted would-be assassin was arrested early Wednesday morning outside of conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home, and that man’s comments to police strongly indicated that he had felt spurred to act by political rhetoric on abortion rights and gun control.
Now many on the right, including Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), are pointing a finger of blame at Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who in 2020 had called out Justices Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch by name and threatened that they would “pay the price” if they ruled against abortion rights, the Washington Examiner reported.
The Nebraska GOP senator insisted that the top Democrat in the Senate needed to take to the chamber’s floor and publicly retract his prior threat against the sitting justices while also firmly denouncing political violence from all parts of the ideological spectrum.
Schumer inciting political violence with “apocalyptic porn” rhetoric
In an interview Wednesday with the Examiner, a reportedly angry Sen. Sasse said, “We have a Senate right now that has a majority leader who stood on the steps of the Supreme Court two years ago shrieking like a lunatic, threats at Justice Kavanaugh.”
The Republican senator went on to accuse Sen. Schumer of trafficking in “apocalyptic porn” with his leftist voter base and suggested that Schumer’s actions had contributed to the current “hateful climate” in politics.
“That is the majority leader of the supposed foremost deliberative body. I think that Chuck Schumer has an obligation to denounce this,” Sasse added. “If he doesn’t have the balls, he has no business being Senate majority leader.”
“You won’t know what hit you if …”
RealClearPolitics reported Wednesday that Sen. Schumer had joined a group of pro-abortion activist protesters on the steps of the Supreme Court in March 2020 while the court was considering an abortion case.
Accusing Republicans of attempting to strip away “fundamental rights” like abortion, Schumer loudly proclaimed, “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.”
Spurred to action over impending court ruling on abortion
Now two years later, the Supreme Court is considering another major abortion case, and this time a leaked draft copy of the majority opinion indicated that the court would overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision and once again allow individual states to set their own regulations on abortion procedures.
According to a Justice Department press release about the arrest of 26-year-old Californian Nicholas John Roske, that leaked draft decision on abortion, as well as recent mass shootings, had compelled Roske to travel to Maryland and attempt to murder Justice Kavanaugh. He was caught dressed in all black with a handgun, extra loaded magazines, a knife, pepper spray, zip ties, duct tape, and an array of tools to break into the jurist’s home to carry out the assassination attempt.
If convicted, Roske could face up to 20 years in prison for the attempted murder of a judge. In the view of some, Sen. Schumer should also potentially face charges for being an accomplice by way of inciting that heinous crime with his own threatening rhetoric.