Joe Scarborough has called Chuck Schumer's threat to Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh "deeply disturbing" and "reprehensible." And Scarborough said it was right for Chief Justice Roberts to rebuke Schumer.
But Scarborough sarcastically went on to say that he expects Roberts and Mitch McConnell to also rebuke President Trump for attacking federal judges. In fact, the situations are considerably different. Yes, the president has criticized judges. But he never personally threatened a judge in the same way Schumer did: "you will pay the price—you won't know what hit you!"
Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker offered a misleading, mealy-mouthed semi-defense of Schumer. "It is worth noting that Senator Schumer's office then clarified that he was talking about a political price. But this is not the first time we have seen this court politicized from both sides."
Here's Scarborough's sarcasm:
8:48 am ET
"You will pay the price" -- Chuck Schumer said that. Coming from any senator on either side of the aisle, deeply disturbing, reprehensible. And it certainly justifies an apology . . . And I'm sure if Mitch McConnell, Mika, is going to criticize Chuck Schumer for what he said, he will attack Donald Trump for the past three-and-a-half years, attacking federal judges, attacking the federal judiciary, attacking the independence of federal judges.
And I'm sure John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme court, will do the same, since he went out and attacked Chuck Schumer yesterday. He certainly should have been critical. I'm expecting him to do the same as the president, of course, attacks federal judges, as the President of the United States did in the Roger Stone case. Really excited to see what John Roberts has to say about a president attacking a federal judge in a trial involving one of the president's own political cronies. When he says something about that, that's going to be good.
No honest reporter can watch Schumer's harangue and believe he was in any way speaking to Senate Republicans in general, rather than threatening Gorsuch and Kavanaugh specifically and personally.