In mid-March, when a wave of demonstrations began in response to the Supreme Court’s leaked opinion on Roe v. Wade, the White House publicly encouraged protests outside the justices’ homes.
A month later, one of the Supreme Court justices, Brett Kavanaugh, received a threat from an armed protester arrested outside his home.
“I know that there’s an outrage right now, I guess, about protests that have been peaceful to date — and we certainly continue to encourage that — outside of judges’ homes. And that’s the President’s position,” then-press secretary Jen Psaki said when approached about the situation.
Threats against judges
At the time, as protests by pro-abortion groups intensified, several judges received threats against their safety and that of their families. Justice Samuel Alito, for example, was moved with his family to a safe place, as protesters threatened him from outside his private residence.
In addition, Chief Justice John Roberts received threats against his safety, according to a report by The Post Millennial.
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Progressive personalities issued public threats and raised possibilities of violence against the justices. Journalist Simon Gwynn suggested on Twitter that feminist protesters could justify the assassination of Supreme Court officials. After a few hours, he deleted the post.
“Interesting real-life trolley problem in America now. If you had the chance to kill Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, the two oldest right-wing Supreme Court judges, should you do it while Biden can get his nominees to replace them confirmed?” asked Gwynn.
According to reports, Brett Kavanaugh also received threats in May, prior to Psaki’s statements.