Further cementing his reputation as one of the more level-headed Democrats in the entertainment industry, comedian Bill Maher recently took serious issue with pro-abortion protesters demonstrating outside the homes of Supreme Court justices and blasted the Biden administration for doing little to stop them, as Fox News reports.
During a panel discussion on his program Real Time, Maher leveled harsh criticism at recently-departed White House press secretary Jen Psaki, accusing her of “being down with this” by virtue of comments on the demonstrations in which she said, “I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest.”
“But we do!” Maher maintained, adding, “[t]t’s wrong! It’s intimidation! It’s against the law!” echoing sentiments expressed by a host of conservatives and legal commentators in recent days, who have urged the Department of Justice to take action to stop the marches taking place on residential streets in Maryland and Virginia in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court decision suggesting an imminent reversal of Roe v. Wade.
Though additional threads of discussion during the program confirmed that Maher does not hold an anti-abortion stance, he did lament the fact that a liberal mantra from years gone by, namely that the procedure should remain “safe, legal and rare,” seems to have fallen by the wayside among the left, in favor of far more extreme positions advocating abortion on demand at any time for any reason.
Maher is far from alone in his belief that it is past time for the Biden administration to intervene in terms of reining in the illegal protests outside conservative justices’ homes, with former Supreme Court law clerk Mike Davis recently declaring, “The attorney general needs to step up. He needs to make a very strong public denouncement of this. This is obstruction of justice for people to show up at a federal judge’s home to try to influence the outcome of a pending case.”
As CBS News reported, that call was echoed last week by the Republican governors of Maryland and Virginia, states that are both home to justices who have been subjected to these demonstrations, with both Larry Hogan and Glenn Youngkin urging the DOJ to enforce a federal statute that prohibits precisely this type of picketing.
In a joint letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, the governors opined that the protests that have taken place outside the homes of Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito and Amy Coney Barrett, as well as of Chief Justice John Reobers are “markedly different “ than the type of rallies that commonly occur outside the Supreme Court building itself.
Underscoring the fact that under federal law, any individual who “pickets or parades” at a judge’s home “with the intent of influencing” their decision in a pending matter is subject to a fine or a year in prison, Hogan and Youngkin said, “It is in your hands to ensure that applicable federal law is enforced to preserve the integrity of our American judicial system and the safety of our citizens.”
Though it is certainly encouraging to see media personalities such as Maher – certainly no conservative himself – speaking out about the egregious lawlessness of the pro-abortion left, it remains to be seen whether Joe Biden’s Justice Department will lift a finger to send a strong warning to those pledging to turn the coming months into a “summer of rage.”