Jen Psaki finally said Monday that President Joe Biden condemns protesters who descended on churches and Supreme Court Justices’ homes over the weekend as demonstrations became increasingly threatening and violent – including Antifa throwing a Molotov cocktail into a pro-life office.
‘[President Joe Biden] strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest,’ the outgoing White House press secretary tweeted on Monday after warning materialized of violent protests.
‘But that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism,’ Psaki continued in her tweet. ‘Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.’
Republicans claimed that Psaki’s comments are too little, too late.
‘A little late, don’t you think – now that leftists are firebombing prolifers and threatening the safety of Supreme Court Justices and their families,’ Missouri Senator Josh Hawley tweeted on Monday.
‘Joe Biden could have condemned this violence & harassment and instead encouraged it,’ he added.
Hawley said that President Biden ‘should be held responsible’ for the actions of those attacking, threatening and carrying out violence in the name of the pro-choice movement.
‘The White House is playing word games,’ Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton said in response to Psaki’s tweet. ‘Biden needs to clearly condemn the mob for *showing up at private homes* at night (with kids present) to intimidate the Justices.’
He added in his tweet: ‘This intimidation is unlawful and unamerican.’
South Carolina Republican Representative Ralph Norman said in his own post: ‘It should not have taken this long to condemn the vicious harassment of churches and our Supreme Court justices by radical pro-abortionists.’
Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, wrote on Twitter: This is a good statement, but it’s way too late.’
‘The Press Secretary had the opportunity to condemn this abhorrent behavior before it started last week — and in declining to condemn it, she & the Biden Administration condoned it,’ she added. ‘Shameful.’
A group called ‘Ruth Sent Us’ doxxed the Washington, D.C.-area addresses of the six conservative Supreme Court Justices and organized ‘walk-bys’ of their residences this week to protest the impending opinion that will overturn Roe v. Wade.
Furious Pro-abortion demonstrators arrived outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and fellow conservative Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday – just days after a massive, un-scalable fence was erected around the Supreme Court Building for the safety of staff.
Protesters also appeared outside churches over the weekend and violence ensued at the office of pro-life groups.
Antifa vandals hurled at least one Molotov cocktail into offices of Wisconsin Family Action in Madison, an anti-abortion group in the state. The group also scrawled a chilling message on the wall that read, ‘If abortions aren’t safe you aren’t either,’ as well as the Antifa Symbol – a capital ‘A’ inside a circle – and the number 1312, which is a code that stands for ACAB, meaning ‘All Cps are Bastards.’
Republicans are claiming it’s too little too late after outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (pictured Friday, May 6, 2022 speaking with press on Air Force One) condemned threats and violence against Supreme Court justices after the leak of a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade
Psaki tweeted on Monday that while President Joe Biden does ‘believe in the Constitutional right to protests,’ she added it ‘should never include violence, threats, or vadalism’
Far-left Antifa protesters threw at least one Molotov cocktail into the offices of a pro-life group in Madison, Wisconsin over the weekend – discovered on Mothers’ Day Sunday
The extremist group wrote in graffiti on the outside of the building a warning: ‘If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either’
The candalism and destruction was signed by Antifa with it’s ‘A’ symbol in a circle along with 1312, which is a code for the letters ACAB, meaning All Cops are Bastards
Protesters also showed up outside the D.C. suburb homes of conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (pictured on Saturday) and Chief Justice John Roberts
An officer with a megaphone outside the home of Kavanaugh in Chevy Chase, Maryland on Saturday tells pro-abortion demonstrators to steer clear of the front of the justice’s home during protests
The damage was discovered on Mother’s Day morning Sunday when a passerby called police and reported seeing smoke coming from the headquarters of the pro-life group.
Julaine Appling, president of the lobbying and advocacy organization, told the Wisconsin State Journal that a window was broken, books were burned, and there was graffiti on the walls, but the full extent of the damage is not yet known.
The organization lobbies against legalized abortion and gay marriage, according to their website.
‘What you’re going to see here is a direct threat against us,’ Appling said after the Supreme Court leak rocked the nation and mobilized pro-abortion and leftists protesters into action. ‘Imagine if somebody had been in the office when this happened. They would have been hurt.’
Warnings of potential violent events and demonstrations at the homes of Justices emerged last week, but were repeatedly dismissed by the administration as a constitutional right to protest.
Psaki said Friday that President Biden ‘believes in peaceful protest’ when asked if activists should try and influence conservative Justices into not overturning Roe v. Wade.
She also refused to condemn on Thursday plans for protesters to show up at the homes of the right-leaning justices, after a leaked draft of an opinion suggested they planned to overturn the landmark 1973 abortion case – throwing the decision of whether abortion is legal back to the states.
Psaki, holding her final press gaggle on board Air Force One, was asked by a reporter Thursday: ‘Does the president want protesters to influence Supreme Court justices so they uphold Roe?’
She pointed to Biden’s belief in peaceful protest, while adding that he also believes in the ‘the independence of the third branch of government.’
‘So I wouldn’t say he has a view on that,’ Psaki responded. ‘He believes in peaceful protests, but they’re going to make the decisions they make and we’re not going to prejudge a final opinion.’
At Thursday’s press briefing – where Psaki’s successor Karine Jean-Pierre was officially announced – the outgoing press secretary was asked by Fox News Channel’s Peter Doocy about pro-choice activists with ‘Ruth Sent Us’ publishing the likely home addresses of Justices Kavanaugh, Roberts, Amy Coney Barrett, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.
Pro-life demonstrators showed up outside the home of conservative Justice Samuel Alito in Alexandria, Virginia on Thursday to show support for his draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, which was leaked last Monday
Supreme Court Police officers stood watch outside the home of Justice Alito on Thursday, May 5, 2022 as warnings of violence against the justices ensued
Google made the map of addresses unavailable, claiming: ‘This map is no longer available due to a violation of our Terms of Service and/or policies.’
Ruth Sent Us is named after the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was replaced by Barrett when Donald Trump nominated her in the final month’s of his presidency.
The group announced a so-called ‘walk-by Wednesday’ for May 11, 2022, saying marches will take place ‘at the homes of the six extremist justices, three in Virginia and three in Maryland.’
‘Look, I think the president’s view is that there’s a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness from many, many people across this country about what they saw in that leaked document,’ Psaki told Doocy on Thursday.
‘We obviously want people’s privacy to be respected.’
She added to the query: ‘I don’t have an official U.S. Government position on where people protest.’
Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy also denounced threatening violence against Supreme Court Justices on Sunday.
‘No one should be threatening violence against any Supreme Court Justice or member of Congress,’ Murphy told Fox News Sunday host Bret Baier.
The comments come after demonstrators showed up at the homes of conservatives Justices in Maryland and Virginia on Saturday after their addresses were doxxed by a group with the moniker ‘Ruth Sent Us.’
Murphy says he think the abortion issue will ‘push a lot of people to the polls this November’ in the 2022 midterms. Some experts warn, however, that while abortion might tighten the margins, it won’t stop a Republican bloodbath this fall.
From May 8-15, Ruth Sent Us has planned several protests, marches and demonstrations to protest a leaked draft opinion that showed an impending overturn of Roe v. Wade.
Furious pro-choice protesters outside the homes of Roberts and Kavanaugh over the weekend claimed in chant that the justices ‘don’t care if people die’.
But even Democrat Senator Murphy says threatening these justices should never be tolerated.
It is a crime to threaten members of Congress or the Supreme Court.
Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy denounced on Sunday pro-abortion groups and activists that are threatening Supreme Court Justices and staging protests outside their homes in the D.C.-area
Pro-choice protesters descended on the homes of justices on Saturday after the conservative members’ addresses were doxxed online by activist group with the moniker Ruth Sent Us. Pictured: Demonstrators rally outside Kavanaugh’s home in Chevy Chase, Maryland on Saturday, May 7, 2022
Dozens of demonstrators on Saturday gathered in the rain in DC and marched towards the homes of Roberts and Kavanaugh in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision.
Roberts has said that he doesn’t support a full overturn of Roe v. Wade, but claimed he would be in favor of ruling to make abortion illegal at the 15-week point of a pregnancy.
Images of coat hangers were chalked on the street outside the justices’ homes, an apparent attempt to reinforce the pro-choice argument that overturning Roe v. Wade will not put an end to abortion, but instead will end safe abortions.
‘Keep abortion safe and legal,’ the pro-abortion protesters chanted while they stood in the streets holding candles and signs.
Others shouted: ‘Your life is a lie!’ and ‘We will not go back!’
Cops stood guard outside the justices’ homes and, after what appeared to be a clash with demonstrators, ordered the activists to leave. At least one officer threatened to arrest and charge the protesters for violating Maryland law.
The Supreme Court draft opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito and published by POLITICO, was leaked on Monday. The document revealed the court has voted to strike down the landmark 1973 ruling Rove v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.
Protestors across the nation started assembling just hours after the opinion was leaked. Pro-choice rallies, spearheaded by organizations like Planned Parenthood, are slated to continue the upcoming week and weekend.
Liberal group ShutDown DC already has plans to host a ‘Vigil for Abortion Rights’ outside Alito’s house on Monday.
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Furious pro-choice protesters screamed ‘you don’t care if people die’ while picketing the house of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday
Protesters gathered outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s house, screaming: ‘We will not go back!’
Images of coat hangers were chalked on the street outside the justices’ homes, an apparent attempt to reinforce the pro-choice argument that overturning Roe v. Wade will not put an end to abortion, but instead will end safe abortions
Protesters in DC hold signs arguing in favor of Roe v. Wade
Alito’s draft does not necessarily represent the sentiments of other justices who did not pen the opinion, but it’s been suggested that the court’s 6-3 conservative supermajority, which include Justices Roberts and Kavanaugh, will likely deliver on the historic reversal.
Protestors carrying signs that read ‘An abortion saved my family’ and ‘Abortion is Healthcare, Healthcare is a right’ first arrived at Justice Roberts’ home where protestors drew multiple chalk outlines coat hangers, a famous symbol of illegal abortions.
Protestors chanted ‘Keep abortion safe and legal!’ and ‘Pro-life is a lie! You don’t care if people die!’
Then as the sun went down the pro-choice advocates lit candles and marched to Justice Kavanaugh’s home where they packed the streets slowing down traffic and were captured shouting multiple chants angrily.
A woman holds a pro-abortion sign while posing for a photo next to a chalked coat hanger
An officer clashes with a protester, alleging the demonstrators are violating Maryland law and could face charges
Law enforcement arrives to confront the demonstrators
Later on more protesters appeared to arrive and were heard loudly chanting: ‘We will not go back!’
At one point, an officer was seen explaining to protestors that they would have to clear the area before cop cars showed up and protestors eventually dispersed, calling it a night.
The protests came after the White House said it encourages ‘peaceful protests,’ would not tell abortion activists to avoid the justices’ homes.
‘The president, for all those women, men, others who feel outraged, who feel scared, who feel concerned, he hears them, he shares that concern and that horror that he saw in that draft opinion,’ White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.
She said President Joe Biden’s message to those angered by the draft is to ‘participate in peaceful protest’.
‘Ensure it’s peaceful. Have your voice heard peacefully. We should not be resorting to violence in any way, shape or form,’ Psaki added.
Demonstrators in support of reproductive rights protest outside of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home in Chevy Chase, Maryland
Pro-abortion protestors gathered outside the homes of Justices Kavanaugh and Roberts, holding up signs and chanting ‘Keep abortion safe and legal’ before cops arrived and forced them to leave
On Saturday dozens of pro-abortion protestors gathered in the rain in DC and marched towards the homes of conservative Justices Kavanaugh and Roberts
Protestors chanted ‘Keep abortion safe and legal!’ and ‘Pro-life is a lie! You don’t care if people die!’ outside of Supreme Court Justice John Robert’s home in Chevy Chase, Maryland
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, who has a history of clashing with Psaki, questioned an earlier statement from Joe Biden, alleging the ‘MAGA crowd’ was the ‘most extreme political organization’ in recent history.
‘Do you think the progressive activists that are now planning protests outside some of the justices’ houses are extreme?’ he asked the press secretary.
‘Peaceful protest, no. Peaceful protest is not extreme,’ Psaki answered. ‘We certainly encourage people to keep it peaceful and not resort to any level of violence.’
‘The president’s view is that there’s a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness, from many, many people across this country about what they saw in that leaked document.’
When further pressed about the planned residential protests, Psaki declined to discourage the demonstrations.
‘I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest,’ she said. ‘We want it of course to be peaceful, and certainly the president would want to people’s privacy to be respected. But I think we shouldn’t lose the point here.
‘The reason people are protesting is because women across the country are worried about their fundamental rights that have been law for 50 years, their rights to make choices about their own bodies and their own health care, are at risk. That’s why people are protesting – they’re unhappy, they’re scared.’
In Maryland, where the protesters assembled on Saturday, it is a violation of state law to picket ‘before or about residences and dwelling places’ if the demonstration ’causes emotional disturbance and distress to the occupants,’ according to state code.
A cop who responded to the scene also warned picketers they could face charges for violating a separate picketing law that protects judicial and government officers.
It is unclear if any protesters were arrested Saturday as officials did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Abortion-rights protesters hold signs during demonstration outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday
Anti-abortion protesters hold a demonstration across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday
Members of the Boston Red Cloaks gather near the Park street train station on Saturday as they protest the possible overturning of Roe vs. Wade. The organization is one of several that has called for nationwide protests on May 14
Demonstrators in support of reproductive rights march to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home in Chevy Chase, Maryland on Saturday
Saturday’s protests seem to just be the start as liberal group ShutDown DC already plans to host a ‘Vigil for Abortion Rights’ outside of Alito’s house on May 9.
‘Justice Alito thinks he can take away our rights. But our rights are fundamentally ours. We’re showing up to tell him in person,’ the group said.
‘The evening of Monday, May 9, we will hold a vigil for all these rights that Alito is threatening to take away. Because it’s been impossible to reach him at the Supreme Court (especially now with the enormous fences), we will do it at his home,’ the event description said.
‘At 7:30 pm we will gather at a nearby location and walk together to his house. At the foot of his driveway, on the public street, we will light candles and speakers will share their testimony. We will hold a moment of silence for the rights we know are ours, then walk back together to the meeting location.’
In Alito’s leaked document, conservative Justice Alito wrote that Roe v Wade – the 1973 Supreme Court ruling which found that excessive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional – was ‘egregiously wrong from the start’ and ‘must be overruled’.
Alito, who was nominated to the court in 2006 by George W Bush, argues that Roe’s ‘reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. Far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.’
But there were few signs that the new ruling will do anything to heal those divisions, with protesters gathering outside the court in Washington DC last night.
If the ruling is overturned by the conservative-dominated court – with Republicans having a 6 – 3 majority – it would give individual states the power to decide on whether to ban abortion. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group, has said that 26 states are ‘certain or likely’ to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Then as the sun went down protestors lit candles and marched to Justice Kavanaugh’s home where they packed the streets slowing down traffic and were captured shouting multiple chants angrily
Protesters outside Kavanaugh’s home arrived and were heard loudly chanting: ‘We will not go back!’
Liberal group ShutDown DC already has plans to host a ‘Vigil for Abortion Rights’ outside of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s house on May 9
Abortion rights have been under threat in recent months as Republican-led states move to tighten rules – with some seeking to ban all abortions after six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant.
These include Arizona, where the Republican Governor in March signed a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy; and Idaho where the governor signed a six-week abortion ban that allows family members of the fetus to sue providers who perform abortions past that point, similar to a Texas law enacted last year.
As it stands in the US, abortion can take place until about 24 weeks into pregnancy – but the exact period varies between states. For example, Texas bans abortion after about six weeks but Florida has a 15-week abortion ban.
Just hours after the stunning leak of draft opinion emerged, hundreds of pro-choice and anti-abortion activists gathered in front of the US Supreme Court on Monday night.
Squaring off on either side of the white marble building a stone’s throw from the Capitol, the pro-choice and anti-abortion groups railed at each other.
‘Roe v. Wade is going to go,’ anti-abortion protesters taunted, while the pro-choice crowd yelled: ‘My body, my choice.’
The two groups chanted and waved placards in the plaza in front of the steps to the Supreme Court, with barriers and a few uniformed police officers barring access to the colonnaded building.
Saturday’s demonstration was not the first time Kavanaugh was targeted at his home because of his stance on abortion. Demonstrators are pictured outside his house on Sept. 13, 2021
Protestors held up a sign that read ‘repro freedom for all!’ in front of Justice Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland on Sept. 13, 2021
Dozens of protestors marched outside Justice Kavanaugh’s home in September 2021
Saturday’s demonstration was not the first time Kavanaugh was targeted at his home because of his stance on abortion.
Dozens of left-wing protestors gathered in front of his house in September 2021 to protest his decision to reject a challenge to Texas’ controversial abortion law.
Dubbed by president Biden as an ‘unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade’ five conservative justices, including Kavanaugh, backed the law known as the ‘Texas Heartbeat Act’ that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is normally after six weeks and before many women even know they are pregnant.
The law makes no exceptions for rape or incest and allows Texans to report people, including Uber drivers, who help or take women to get abortions. The only exemption is if there is a danger to the woman’s health.