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Spare me the faux Republican outrage over Chuck Schumer

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When someone rarely makes public statements, it’s always interesting to see what moves them to step in the limelight.

Take Chief Justice John Roberts, for example. The highest-ranking member of the US Supreme Court delivered a rare rebuke on Wednesday, chastising New York Senator Chuck Schumer for his comments on abortion rights.

What did Schumer say to provoke Roberts’s ire? Well, he took to task Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, in remarks about a major reproductive rights case currently under review by the Supreme Court.

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“You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” Schumer said – in a public address, not, say, in an anonymous letter covered in cut-out letters from various periodicals. (That will become relevant in a minute.)

Roberts was incensed. “Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” he said, in what was........

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