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Schumer: I received death threats

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday he received death threats after discussing the brutal hammer attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. .

“There have been more threats against elected officials. It’s been documented that I got a few,” Schumer said during his Spectrum News NY1 debate against Republican rival Joe Pinion.

“We need to calm down the rhetoric,” he told Union College in Schenectady, “and condemn the violence where it happens.”

But Pinion criticized Schumer for using divisive rhetoric and encouraging violence against two conservative Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Schumer said in March 2020 that judges would “pay the price” if they voted to restrict abortion rights.

“There’s only one person on that stage whose rhetoric literally drove an American to the door of a Supreme Court justice to kill him. That was Chuck Schumer,” Pinion said.

“It was Chuck Schumer whose divisive rhetoric led to the environment we see today.”

Republican challenger Joseph Pinion believes the media has a “greater responsibility” to promote civil discourse. »
AP/Hans Pennink

Schumer said at the time: “’You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go ahead with these horrible decisions.

The senator backtracked after being publicly condemned by Chief Justice John Roberts and GOP lawmakers, saying he was talking about a political backlash.

Schumer said Sunday night: “The words I used that day were probably the wrong choice of words. I said it then and I say it now.

Schumer: I received death threats
Pinion called out Schumer for using divisive rhetoric and encouraging violence.
AP/Hans Pennink

But he insisted that “I have never advocated violence in any way. I never, I never do, I never will.

Schumer, a former congressman, is seeking a fifth term.

Pinion, a former conservative television commentator, also said the media had a “greater responsibility” to promote civil discourse and discourage heated rhetoric and condemn hate and violence.

Schumer said ‘thank goodness’ that Paul Pelosi should make a ‘full recovery’ after speaking to President Pelosi several times.


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