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Chris Coons: ‘Stronger action’ needed to protect judges

There have also been pickets outside the homes of judges ahead of a pending Supreme Court ruling on abortion.

“We have to strike the right balance here between protecting free speech in this country and ensuring the safety of our justices and justices,” Coons said.

The Delaware senator linked the threat against Kavanaugh to other ugly situations, including the rhetoric featured during Thursday’s televised hearings on former President Donald Trump and the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

“I certainly spoke out against this latest threat against Judge Kavanaugh,” he said. “But it is important for us to remember that there are threats of political violence of all kinds and types. People watching this morning who didn’t watch the January 6 hearing should take a few moments and review what Congresswoman Liz Cheney, an unmistakably conservative Republican from Wyoming, had to say in her opening statement. I think there are risks of political violence against which we should all denounce.

Baier asked about a March 2020 statement by Sen. Chuck Schumer, now Senate Majority Leader, in which he attacked Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch, saying, “You started the whirlwind and you will pay the price for it. price. You won’t know what hit you if you go ahead with these horrible decisions.

Coons distinguished Schumer’s remarks from Trump’s Jan. 6, 2021 remarks, but also said everyone would be better off if the political rhetoric was calmer and cooler.

“I think we all need to lower the level of our rhetoric and be aware that incitement to potential violence is not a good or constructive thing to do at this time in our country by a political leader,” he said. he declared.


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