Despite unanimous efforts from the Senate concerned for the safety of the Supreme Court Justices and in violation of existing laws, leftist protestors marched to the home of Justice Samuel Alito Monday in an effort to intimidate him.
Organized by the activist group Shut Down DC, the “Vigil for Abortion Rights” was created in response to the leak of Alito’s majority draft opinion for the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and could ultimately mean Roe v. Wade would be overturned. This, the protestors claimed, “could also be used to allow states to outlaw contraception, same-sex marriage, protections for LGBTQ folks, and even interracial marriage.”
As such, having made their intentions known ahead of time, and being met with no resistance from law enforcement agencies, the activists picketed outside Alito’s residence and said, “Because it’s been impossible to reach him at the Supreme Court, we will do it at his home.”
— ShutDownDC (@ShutDown_DC) May 7, 2022
Warning: Adult Language
After a moment of silence, a protestor says “fuck a moment of silence.” The crowd, which was formerly silent while a few people spoke, let out some chants as they left including “Abort the court” and “Fuck Alito.” pic.twitter.com/fOrlGOqKiG
— talia jane (@taliaotg) May 10, 2022
With chants of “F*ck Alito” and “Abort the court” the assembly demonstrated a total disregard for the rule of law and committed a “federal crime,” as former Attorney General Bill Barr explained to Fox News’ Jesse Watters.
(Video: Fox News)
“Well, that’s not a valid form of protest because it’s a violation of the law,” Barr laid out. “There is a time and place for protests, and the federal statute makes it clear if you go to the house of a judge, the residence of a judge to influence the judge in his decisions and demonstrate that that’s a federal crime.”
“It’s a state crime and, the state of Virginia, at least,” he went on. That point was further corroborated by former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany who shared the specific code of Virginia law that describes the protest as a “Class 3 misdemeanor.”
Code of Virginia § 18.2-419 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/8xkktRYpei
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) May 6, 2022
“So, those are not valid forms of protest,” Barr went on to Watters. “They are obviously meant to intimidate. There is a parallel between January 6, which Republican leadership condemned the violence there. The forceful entry into the Capitol and the fighting with police. But what was really bad about that was it was an attempt to intimidate the Senate and the vice president in carrying out their duties. What’s happening now, while not as much violence has been involved yet, it’s no different. It’s an attempt to interfere and to intimidate the officials who are carrying out their duties under the Constitution.”
Though Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) appeared hesitant to shut down the protests, perhaps out of concern of inciting further demonstrations –
Virginia State Police will assist federal and local law enforcement as needed to ensure the safety of our citizens, including Supreme Court Justices, who call Virginia home.
— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) May 10, 2022
– the Senate has taken action and unanimously voted to extend some of the Article I and Article II protections granted to family members of the Justices. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said in a statement on the measure spearheaded with Democrat colleague Sen. Chris Coons (Del.) “Threats to the physical safety of Supreme Court Justices and their families are disgraceful, and attempts to intimidate and influence the independence of our judiciary cannot be tolerated. I’m glad the Senate quickly approved this measure to extend Supreme Court police protection to family members, and the House must take up and pass it immediately.”
Coons noted, “I am glad to see this bipartisan bill unanimously pass the Senate in order to extend security protection to the families of Supreme Court members,” as the measure now requires a vote from the house.
Hundreds outside Alito’s house right now in suburban Virginia pic.twitter.com/zy5rgWYVMW
— jasoncherkis (@jasoncherkis) May 10, 2022
In the meantime, further protests like this continue to be organized.
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