(Video: CBS News)
Not only does White House press secretary Jen Psaki refuse to condemn protests being held outside the homes of Supreme Court justices in response to a leaked majority opinion draft indicating that the court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, but the president’s spokesperson also encourages more of the same while dismissing any concerns as being from “voices on the right.”
Psaki denounced any attempts to intimidate at Tuesday’s press briefing while suggesting “peaceful” demonstrations on the doorsteps of the justices do not fall into this category — even as the soon-to-be MSNBC host compared it to what she characterized as attempts to intimidate school board members outside their homes.
“The Department of Justice was very swift in responding to school board members who felt like they were being harassed and intimidated a couple months back,” Fox News White House correspondent Alexandria Hoff said, before asking, “Does the president feel that the demonstrations outside of, say, Justice Alito’s home — are those attempts to interfere or intimidate?”
“The president’s longstanding view has been that violence, threats, and intimidation of any kind have no place in political discourse. And we believe, of course, in peaceful protest,” Psaki responded.
“What I do find is interesting, and I think many people have noted, is that there are voices on the right who have called out protests that are happening while remaining silent for years on protests that have happened outside of the homes of school board members, the Michigan secretary of state, or including threats made to women seeking reproductive healthcare, or even an insurrection against our Capitol,” she continued.
It was at this point that Psaki openly encouraged the protests to continue,
“So 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. But the silence is pretty deafening about all of the other intimidation that we’ve seen to a number of people,” she said.
When Hoff referenced a possible violation of federal law, Psaki ignored the point to repeat her talking points about the right not condemning protests held outside the homes of school board members, which pales in comparison to a concerted campaign to influence America’s highest-ranking members of the judiciary.
“Well, but I think that intimidation and protests — and intimidation outside of the homes of school board members, the Michigan Secretary of State — you know, intimidation and threats against people seeking legal reproductive healthcare — and against our Capitol and American democracy also warrant some outrage,” she said. “And we haven’t really seen that.”
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