Leftist Rob Reiner appeared to make extreme remarks on Saturday about the upcoming Supreme Court battle, saying that Democrats needed to “use” “powerful weapons” in “war” against Republicans.
Reiner’s remarks come after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, died late on Friday afternoon.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s body isn’t even cold and Mitch McConnell is dancing on her grave,” Reiner claimed. “This is war. Dems have powerful weapons. Now is the time to use them.”
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt responded to Reiner, writing: “It isn’t war. Dems have no weapons. @senatemajldr issued a very respectful statement about the passing of a great American. Other than that Rob, you got it right.”
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) September 19, 2020
Reiner’s comments come after some leftists threatened riots in response to any attempt by the GOP to fill the SCOTUS vacancy before the election, which Republicans have every constitutional right to do.
Reza Aslan, who used to have a show on CNN, responded by writing: “If they even TRY to replace RBG we burn the entire f***ing thing down.”
Aslan later responded to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) announcement that Republicans would fill the seat by stating: “Over our dead bodies. Literally.”
Political writer Laura Bassett echoed a similar sentiment but stopped short of making a threat, writing: “If McConnell jams someone through, which he will, there will be riots. … *more, bigger riots.”
Writer Beau Willimon wrote: “We’re shutting this country down if Trump and McConnell try to ram through an appointment before the election.”
Canadian Professor Emmett Macfarlane wrote on Twitter: “Burn Congress down before letting Trump try to appoint anyone to SCOTUS.”
Canadian attorney Ezra Levant slammed Macfarlane’s tweet, writing: “Macfarlane is a professor at @UWaterloo, promoting violence against his political enemies. If you were a young woman in his class who was a Trump supporter, would you risk being a target of his violent rage if he found out about you? Should you transfer to a different class?”
Macfarlane is a professor at @UWaterloo, promoting violence against his political enemies. If you were a young woman in his class who was a Trump supporter, would you risk being a target of his violent rage if he found out about you? Should you transfer to a different class? pic.twitter.com/wftvjI0OKA
— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) September 19, 2020
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