As far-left pro-abortion protesters continue unabated in their campaign of intimidation at the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices as well as at churches across the country, President Joe Biden – rather belatedly – issued a few words of tepid condemnation for any such initiatives that could potentially involve violence, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Specifically, on Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki finally offered some semblance of an official stance on the loud, threatening demonstrations that have been held in the suburban Maryland and Virginia neighborhoods where Justices Brett Kavanaugh, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito reside.
“@POTUS strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest. But that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism. Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety,” Psaki tweeted.
Those words came amid so-called “vigils” in front of the justices’ homes that were organized by abortion rights groups Ruth Sent Us and ShutDown DC in which marchers screamed “you don’t care if people die” toward the justices’ homes and scrawled drawings of coat hangers on the sidewalks, in a graphic reference to unsafe, unregulated abortion practices of years past.
Despite last week’s obvious escalation in tactics on the part of the leftist wing of the Democrat party in the wake of a leaked Supreme Court decision suggesting the imminent end of Roe v. Wade, Biden had remained largely mum on the subject until Monday.
The president’s reluctance to criticize members of his liberal base was shamefully evidenced by a Thursday exchange between Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy and White House press secretary Jen Psaki, with the former referencing the fact that “activists posted a map with the home addresses of Supreme Court justices.”
When Doocy asked, “So [President Joe Biden] doesn’t care if they’re protesting outside the Supreme Court or outside [a justice’s] private residence?” Psaki snidely replied, “I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest.”
Biden’s inaction and that of his attorney general, Merrick Garland, prompted former Supreme Court law clerk Mike Davis to accuse the administration of a “dereliction of duty” and to cite 19 U.S.C. 1507 as the relevant statute under which protests as the justices’ homes should be prosecuted.
Despite Biden’s mild words of caution to those who might view violence as a legitimate form of protest, Garland has stayed quiet, something Andrew McCarthy of the National Review Institute aptly described as “elevating [the administration’s] political interest in portraying the draft Supreme Court opinion as extreme over their constitutional duty to execute the laws faithfully and protect both the court and the justices.”