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Commentary: Conservatives Spend Big To Highlight Schumer’s ‘Dangerous Threats’

Commentary by Philip Wegmann originally published by

The would-be assassin has sat behind bars for a week, and coverage of his foiled plot to murder Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has receded from the headlines as inflation, a shaky stock market, and the Jan. 6 Commission all compete for that space.

The story on the threats to the life of a member of the highest court in the land has increasingly been buried.

But conservatives won’t let the frightening incident recede into voters’ memory banks. They are determined to lay the blame at the feet of Democrats, one prominent Democrat in particular.

Judicial Crisis Network has cut a new attack ad highlighting previous rhetoric by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, warning Kavanaugh that there would be consequences if he voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. The conservative legal group spent $300,000 to promote the spot in the Washington, D.C. market. Their intended audience: Schumer’s Capitol Hill colleagues.

“1:00 AM. A man, armed with a pistol, arrives outside the home of a Supreme Court justice. He said he was there to kill,” an unseen narrator says as shadowy stock images play on screen. “Why? Dangerous political brinkmanship.”

The ad then cuts to a clip of Schumer on the steps of the Supreme Court in March of 2020 shouting, “I want to tell you Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price.” It concludes, “Tell Democrats. Your words. Now a madman with a gun. Stop Threatening Judges.”

Republicans have highlighted such incendiary rhetoric, attempting to draw a connection between careless words and an actual assassination plot. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, shared the clip of Schumer shortly after news broke of the failed plot, calling it “cause and effect.”

Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino has followed suit. “Democrats are trying everything in their intimidation playbook in order to influence the Supreme Court’s rulings and secure their policy preferences,” she told RCP.

Schumer already walked back his “whirlwind” comments. He did so shortly after making them. “I should not have used the words I used yesterday,” he said during a floor speech at the time, stressing that his remarks were political in nature, not personal.

A spokesperson for the Senate Majority Leader told RealClearPolitics that his reaction to the failed assassination plot was relief and gratitude that the gunman was thwarted. “We are thankful law enforcement arrested this person,” the spokesperson said when asked about the whirlwind comments last Thursday. “Leader Schumer’s been clear that he supports peaceful protests.”

Capitol Hill has been consumed of late with debates over political violence. The Jan. 6 commission began presenting its findings on the riots at the U.S. Capitol in prime time last week, while the GOP blasts the Biden White House for not doing more to cool tempers and keep protesters away from the homes of Supreme Court justices. American politics, more and more, can be described as a powder keg.

Conservatives feel that the rhetoric of the left, compounded by what they see as a failure to police their own protestors, has heightened those passions to a dangerous degree. “Their tactics threaten the justices’ safety,” Severino said, “yet Democrats nonetheless unabashedly persevere with their dangerous political brinkmanship, encouraged by the far-left radicals in their party.”

Philip Wegmann, staff

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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