This weekend, during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senate ‘Gang of 8’ member Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told viewers that if House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) didn’t play ball and pass an immigration reform bill that there would be consequences.
Via National Review:
Schumer told Candy Crowley on CNN’s State of the Union that “this has the potential of becoming the next civil-rights movement.” He went on to warn that if Speaker John Boehner tries to bottle up the bill or eliminates a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, “I could see a million people on the mall in Washington — on the platform would not be the usual suspects but the leaders of business, the leaders of the Evangelical movement, the leaders of high tech as well as most Americans pressuring the House to act. I think they’re going to have to act whether they have a majority of Republicans [in the House] or not.”
Back in September of 2010 – at the height of the Ground Zero mosque controversy – Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf appeared on CNN and made a similarly veiled threat if the mosque wasn’t built: